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2005/06 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

PHYS1030 Mechanics

10 creditsClass Size: 96

Module manager: Dr J R Henderson
Email: j.r.henderson@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2005/06

Pre-requisite qualifications

A-Level Physics and Mathematics or equivalent

This module is mutually exclusive with

PHYS1031 Mechanics in Action

This module is approved as an Elective

Module summary

Newtonian 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.

Objectives

At 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.

Syllabus

- 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

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Lectures: 22 x 1 hour;


Tutorials: 3 x 1 hour;


Problem solving classes: 3 x 1 hour.

Private study

Private study: 72 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

3 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 information

1 x 2 hour written examination: 85%;
Marked work from problem-solving classes: 15%.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 01/08/2007

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