2005/06 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
10 creditsClass Size: 96
Module manager: Dr J R Henderson
Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable
Year running 2005/06
Pre-requisite qualificationsA-Level Physics and Mathematics or equivalent
This module is mutually exclusive withPHYS1031 Mechanics in Action
This module is approved as an Elective
Module summaryNewtonian mechanics is the basis of Classical Physics. In this module, we study Newton's Laws of motion, the concepts of work and energy, the conservation of momentum, rotational motion and planetary motion and gravitation.
ObjectivesAt the end of this module you should be able to:
- describe the motion of particles in terms of their position, velocity and acceleration;
- discuss Newton's laws in the context of cause and effect;
- derive the work-energy theorem and define potential energy from a conservative force;
- discuss and utilise the conservation of momentum for a system of particles;
- discuss and utilise the conservation of angular momentum for rigid body rotation;
- describe and utilise Newton's theory of gravity;
- describe the basic mechanical properties of solids and fluids.
- Kinematics: description of motion
- Dynamics: Newton's laws of motion
- Work and Energy
- Systems of particles and the conservation of momentum
- Rotation and the conservation of angular momentum
- Gravitation and planetary motion
- Introduction to the mechanics of solids and fluids
Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for informationLectures: 22 x 1 hour;
Tutorials: 3 x 1 hour;
Problem solving classes: 3 x 1 hour.
Private studyPrivate study: 72 hours.
Opportunities for Formative Feedback3 tutorials and 3 problem solving classes.
Methods of assessment
Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information1 x 2 hour written examination: 85%;
Marked work from problem-solving classes: 15%.
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 01/08/2007
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