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Application of Mathematica in Solving Mechanics Problems

Jan Říha
Organization: Palacký University in Olomouc
Department: Faculty of Science
Veronika Kainzová
Organization: Moravian College Olomouc, Czech Republic
David Smrka
Organization: Moravian College Olomouc, Czech Republic
Department: Department of Exact Sciences

Wolfram Technology Conference 2011
Conference location

Champaign, Illinois, USA

Teaching methods, used in scientific education, are supposed to stay up to date with current findings and developments in science as such. Therefore one should ask: "How can we improve the training of science teachers and specialists?" This question is then considered of high importance. The students of sciences come in touch with rather difficult phenomena, and there should be available a tool that enables them to approach their explanation. Mathematica has become the powerful tool to assist physics education at our department thanks to the project ICTEDUCA, which is co-financed by the European Social Fund and the state budget of the Czech Republic. By constructing three physical models, possible uses of Mathematica in creating two-dimensional and three-dimensional simulations are shown. The first model is Foucault's pendulum where the change of its vibrational plane is caused by Earth's rotation. Next is a pendulum that has each of its weights affected by friction force. Last, the ballistic curve, which is the trajectory of a diagonal throw under friction force that originates from a projectile's movement through an environment, affected by wind.

SolvingMechanicsProblems.nb (229 MB) - Mathematica Notebook
SolvingMechanicsProblems.cdf (229 MB) - CDF Document

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