Study Programmes 2017-2018
WARNING : 2016-2017 version of the course specifications
Elements of physics : mechanics
Duration :
15h Th, 10h Pr
Number of credits :
Bachelor in computer science4
Lecturer :
Matthieu Verstraete
Language(s) of instruction :
French language
Organisation and examination :
Teaching in the first semester, review in January
Units courses prerequisite and corequisite :
Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program
Learning unit contents :
This course aims to give students an understanding the basis of the fundamental laws which govern the physical phenomena which surround us: The laws of classical mechanics, which give a systematic, mathematic, and universal approach to problems (in physics or elsewhere)
Learning outcomes of the learning unit :
One central outcome is to learn to model processes in a mathematical, algorithmic, and efficient manner.
The second step is to solve problems by reasoning either in a
  • reductionnist fashion (e.g. division of a system into components and integration of the equations of motion) or
  • global fashion (using conservation laws, e.g. of energy).
Prerequisite knowledge and skills :
Basic mathematics, including trigonometry, vectors, projections and geometry... Refreshers are organized during classes.
No prerequisite course module.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods :
10 hours of practical sessions divided as 5 x 2 hours of problem questions on point and solid object mechanics. A mid-term test will be organized beginning of November, to give each student a reference point for her/his own level of understanding, and the difficulty of the partial exam in January. The test will be followed by a correction by the teaching assistant, with explanations of important points and difficulties - these remedial sessions are obligatory for students whose grade is lower than 8/20. At the end of each semester, a question and answer session is held, in view of preparing for exams. Timetables are established at the beginning of each year.
Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning) :
All courses and problem sessions are in face-to-face format.
Information concerning the organization of the lectures and practical sessions will be communicated through myUlg and the web site of the Faculty of Applied Sciences.
Recommended or required readings :
All slides for ex cathedra classes are on MyULg
Reference textbook: Kane&Sternheim Physique (1986) Dunod ed. ISBN 2 10 007169 6
French translation by Ph. Ghosez, M. Hoebeke, et G. Llabres
Other references: * Physics Eugene Hecht
ISBN-10: 2744500186
* University Physics, Harris Benson ISBN-10: 0471006890
* Fundamentals of Physics, Halliday & Resnick ISBN-10: 0470469110
Assessment methods and criteria :
January: intermediate examination on mechanics:
  • 1 multiple choice section
  • open questions
  • problem questions
Work placement(s) :
Organizational remarks :
Contacts :
Prof. Matthieu Verstraete Universite de Liège Institut de Physique, Bat. B5, 3/7 Allée du 6 aout, 17 B- 4000 Sart Tilman, Liège Belgium
Phone : +32 4 366 90 17 Fax : +32 4 366 36 29 Mail :
Teaching assistant: Antoine Dewandre Tel : +32 4 366 3636 Mail:
Items online :
PHYS3027 slides for all chapters
Slides for all chapters of the course on Mechanics

1 Uniform and uniformally accelerated motion

2 Motion in 2D

3 Newton's laws

4 Statics

5 Circular movement

6 Work Energy Power

7 Momentum