TEQIP Workshop on Mechanics in Physics

June 23 - 27, 2014

Physics syllabus in engineering colleges in India is vast. It looks even vaster when one aims to cover it in just two semesters. In such a scenario, keeping the right motivation of learning physics as a subject, that has its own phenomenal individual identity, becomes quite difficult. Amid all the chaos, it is necessary to identify and separate the most essential topics of the physics syllabus and cover, at least, those with the right spirit and philosophy.
In the proposed workshop Mechanics in Physics, we identify one such group of topics: Mechanics. Broadly, it covers Newtonian, quantum and relativistic mechanics. It is well-acknowledged that these topics are very subtle and constitute the very basic building blocks of any other topic in physics.
The workshop will present us with the opportunity to discuss the contemporary aspects of teaching mechanics in a physics course. We shall try to see through model lectures by experts on how to squeeze maximum juice out of a topic that may look dry outwardly. There will model tutorial-sessions and discussions on model homework/exam problems that can be used to propel the course in a uniform pace without sacrificing lecture-hours. In addition to understanding what is the contemporary take on centuries-old Newtonian mechanics, one of the key highlights of the workshop will be seminars by experienced experts on how to do the difficult job of making transition from Newtonian mechanics to quantum mechanics and relativistic mechanics in a classroom.

The workshop aims at an exposure to the subject at various levels for the teaching faculty. The aspects to be covered are:

Pedagogy - A balanced exposure to the subject at the UG level and PG level with essential topics that to be covered. Discussion regarding standard books on the subject.
Rigid body dynamics.
Linear vibration
Non-linear vibration
Basics of random vibration


Prof. Pankaj Wahi
Prof. A. K. Mallik
Dr. D. Yadav
Prof. Anindya Chatterjee
Prof. Vijay Gupta
Prof. Ishan Sharma
Mr. Ashish Bhateja
Prof. Abhishek
Prof. C. Venkatesan


Day 1: June 30, 2014 Monday
Time Event Speaker
9.00-9.30 Registration
9.30-10.00 Inauguration
10.00-11.00 Essentials for a course in Linear Vibration Prof. Pankaj Wahi
11.00-11.30 Tea Break
11.30-12.30 Nonlinear Vibration– Geometric approach Prof. A. K. Mallik
12.30-13.30 Free and forced Vibration of discrete systems Prof. Pankaj Wahi
13.30-15.00 Lunch Break
15.00-16.00 Nonlinear Vibration – Geometric approach, continued Prof. A. K. Mallik
16.00-16.30 Tea Break
16.30-17.30 Random Vibration – Introduction Dr. D. Yadav
Day 2: July 1, 2014 Tuesday
Time Event Speaker
9.30-11.30 Nonlinear Vibration – Harmonically excited Duffing oscillator Prof. A. K. Mallik
11.30-12.00 Tea Break
12.00-13.00 Damping and its implications for dynamic systems Prof. Pankaj Wahi
13.00-14.30 Lunch Break
14.30-15.30 Random Vibration – Characterization Dr. D. Yadav
15.30-16.00 Tea Break
16.00-17.30 Rotation in rigid body dynamics Prof. Anindya Chatterjee
Day 3, July 2, 2014 Wednesday
Time Event Speaker
9.30-10.30 Essentials for a course on continuous systems Prof. Pankaj Wahi
10.30-11.00 Tea Break
11.00-12.00 Modal analysis and issues with strings and beams Prof. Pankaj Wahi
12.00-13.00 Random Vibration – Application to linear systems Dr. D. Yadav
13.00-14.30 Lunch Break
14.30-15.30 Modal analysis (continued) Prof. Pankaj Wahi
15.30-16.00 Tea Break
16.00-17.30 Nonholonomic constraints in Lagrangian mechanics Prof. Anindya Chatterjee
Day 4, July 3, 2014 Thursday
Time Event Speaker
9.00-10.00 Noise suppression Prof. Vijay Gupta
10.00-10.30 Tea Break
10.30-12.00 Discrete element method:A computational tool to study particulate flow Prof. Ishan Sharma
Mr. Ashish Bhateja
12.00-13.00 Vibration study of Sitar Prof. Pankaj Wahi
13.00-14.30 Lunch
14.30-15.30 Helicopter dynamics and vibration Prof. Abhishek
15.30-16.00 Tea Break
16.00-17.00 Helicopter dynamics and vibration Prof. C. Venkatesan
17.00-17.30 Closure