**1st module in the first semester**

**A. A. 1998-99**

**Prof. Marco Traini**

**Aims:**

The aim of the course is to get the student familiar with the Mach's
book on

the hystorical development of the mechanics (first semester) and to
discuss

the transition to quantum mechanics emphasizing its classical roots
(second

semester).

**Contents:**

The development of the statics:

the lever, the inclined plane, composition of the forces, the virtual
work principle.

The development of the dynamics:

the progress due to Galileo and Newton, the concepts of mass, force,
space time and movement,

a critical view of the Newton's enunciates.

Further applications of the mechanical principles:

the conservation laws, the scattering laws, te fundamental theorems
of the

analytical mechanics.

**Reference texts:**

E. MACH, The Science of Mechanics, The Open Court Publishing Co..

M. TRAINI, notes.

**Exam:**

oral exam on the contents of the lectures.