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  • Online
  • Blended mode online and face to face
  • Face-to-face


1. Rationale

This topic of mechanics has been treated as that branch of mathematics that mathematically attempts to explain our physical environment. It is that branch of mathematics that spans the divide between our natural sciences and mathematics. The module has infused as its basis, both modern mathematics and traditional mathematics as it explores the basic concepts of Kinematics – which is the study of motion without reference to forces which cause motion of particles; Kinetics which relates the action of forces on particles and bodies to their resulting motions; Dynamics – the study of the general causes of motion; and Statics – the equilibrium mechanics of stationary bodies Practical examples and their implications for classroom practice have been suggested whenever and wherever appropriate in the module in order to help the teacher to impart the knowledge of mechanics to pupils.

2. Prerequisite or knowledge

Linear Algebra 1 and Calculus 3 are prerequisite.

3. General objective(s)

By the end of the module, the trainee should be able to:

 

  • Relate mathematical notions to physical quantities such as force and motion.
  • Model some physical phenomena mathematically as required for effective teaching of mechanics in the secondary school.
  • Relate traditional mechanics operations to vector calculus and vice-versa.

4. Time

The total time for this module is 120 study hours.

5. Material

Students should have access to the core readings specified later. Also, they will need a computer to gain full access to the core readings and web links in the materials.

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