Classical Mechanics (MAY648)

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School of Science

Academic Unit

Department of Mathematics

Level of Studies


Course Code


Semester 6
Course Title

Classical Mechanics

Independent Teaching Activities

Lectures (Weekly Teaching Hours: 4, Credits: 7.5)

Course Type

General Background

Prerequisite Courses -
Language of Instruction and Examinations


Is the Course Offered to Erasmus Students

Yes (in English)

Course Website (URL) See eCourse, the Learning Management System maintained by the University of Ioannina.

Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes

The course provides an introduction to theoretical physics, and aims to broaden the knowledge of Mechanics already gained even in secondary education, with the basic criterion being the mathematical formalism of physical problems. Therefore, the course introduces the basic concepts of Classical Mechanics and their application to particles, particle systems and continuous media.
Upon completion of this course the students will be able to use advanced mathematics to describe natural phenomena and interpret mathematical results in physical terms. Also, students are expected to develop skills for formulating and solving physical problems.

General Competences
  • Search for, analysis and synthesis of data and information, with the use of the necessary technology
  • Criticism and self-criticism
  • Production of free, creative and inductive thinking.


Review and connection via physical concepts with the basic tools: areas, mass and density, inertia, center of mass and moments. Review of basic types of differential equations and basic concepts of mechanics (space, time and material point). Newton's axioms and the notion of power. Linear motion, energy and angular momentum. Central forces, many-body systems. Lagrangian and Hamiltonian mechanics.

Teaching and Learning Methods - Evaluation


Face to face

Use of Information and Communications Technology


Teaching Methods
Activity Semester Workload
Lectures 52
Self study 104
Exercises 31.5
Course total 187.5
Student Performance Evaluation

Final exam

Attached Bibliography

See the official Eudoxus site or the local repository of Eudoxus lists per academic year, which is maintained by the Department of Mathematics. Books and other resources, not provided by Eudoxus:

  • Κ. Τσίγκανος, Εισαγωγή στη Θεωρητική Μηχανική, Εκδόσεις Σταμούλη, 2004.