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Modelling with first order differential equations

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This free course, Modelling with first order differential equations, lays the foundation of Newtonian mechanics and in particular the procedure for solving dynamics problems. The prerequisite skills needed for this free course are the ability to solve first and second-order differential equations, a knowledge of vectors, and an understanding of the concept of a force

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • understand and use the basic terms for the description of the motion of particles: position, velocity and acceleration
  • understand, use and differentiate vector functions
  • understand the fundamental laws of Newtonian mechanics
  • solve mechanics problems in one dimension by drawing a sketch, choosing a suitable x-axis and origin, drawing a force diagram, applying Newton’s second law, taking the x-component, and making suitable substitutions
  • solve mechanics problems in one dimension that involve one or more of the forces of gravity, friction, air resistance and water resistance.

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