The objectives of the Course are:<br />
- to provide a conceptual understanding of the fundamental laws of classical Mechanics, including systems dynamics, and of Thermodynamics, with particular focus on Newton’s laws and conservation principles;<br />
- to develop some understanding of main aspects of the dynamics of rigid bodies;<br />
- to treat the mechanics of continuum systems (fluids and elastic properties of solids), the thermology and the thermodynamics from a phenomenological viewpoint;<br />
- to initiate the description of oscillatory and wave phenomena and of gravitation.<br />
The aim of the course is, from one hand, to give the analytical instruments that allows describing the dynamics of the most simple mechanical and thermodynamic systems and examining their qualitative behaviour, even through the development of problem solving skill. On the other hand the course will provide the conceptual basis of the newtonian formulation of Mechanics, which is preparatory to the formalizations described in more advanced courses.