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.
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.
Basics of random vibration
|Day 1: June 30, 2014 Monday|
|10.00-11.00||Essentials for a course in Linear Vibration||Prof. Pankaj Wahi|
|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|
|15.00-16.00||Nonlinear Vibration – Geometric approach, continued||Prof. A. K. Mallik|
|16.30-17.30||Random Vibration – Introduction||Dr. D. Yadav|
|Day 2: July 1, 2014 Tuesday|
|9.30-11.30||Nonlinear Vibration – Harmonically excited Duffing oscillator||Prof. A. K. Mallik|
|12.00-13.00||Damping and its implications for dynamic systems||Prof. Pankaj Wahi|
|14.30-15.30||Random Vibration – Characterization||Dr. D. Yadav|
|16.00-17.30||Rotation in rigid body dynamics||Prof. Anindya Chatterjee|
|Day 3, July 2, 2014 Wednesday|
|9.30-10.30||Essentials for a course on continuous systems||Prof. Pankaj Wahi|
|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|
|14.30-15.30||Modal analysis (continued)||Prof. Pankaj Wahi|
|16.00-17.30||Nonholonomic constraints in Lagrangian mechanics||Prof. Anindya Chatterjee|
|Day 4, July 3, 2014 Thursday|
|9.00-10.00||Noise suppression||Prof. Vijay Gupta|
|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|
|14.30-15.30||Helicopter dynamics and vibration||Prof. Abhishek|
|16.00-17.00||Helicopter dynamics and vibration||Prof. C. Venkatesan|