2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
PHYS3511 Advanced Mechanics
15 creditsClass Size: 94
Module manager: Dr Robert Purdy
Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable
Year running 2022/23
This module is not approved as a discovery module
ObjectivesBy the end of the module students will be familiar with the structure of classical mechanics, and be able to apply general techniques such as perturbation theory and small oscillations. The student will also gain an understanding of the role of symmetry and conservation laws, and the relation between classical and quantum mechanics. Finally, the students will be familiar with fluids and elasticity, and be able to use tensors such as the stress tensor and moment of inertia tensor.
An understanding of mechanics at advanced level
Problem solving skills
Formal mechanics of point particles: 2D, 3D, many particles.
Rigid body rotations, Euler angles, moment of inertia tensor.
Lagrangian and Hamiltonian mechanics, generalised coordinates, constrained systems and Lagrange multipliers.
Symmetry and conservation laws.
Theory of small oscillations, perturbation methods.
Relativity and Minkowski Space
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Independent online learning hours||22.00|
|Private study hours||117.00|
|Total Contact hours||11.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||150.00|
Private studyReading lecture notes and books
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|In-course Assessment||Regular Homeworks||20.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||20.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
|Exam type||Exam duration||% of formal assessment|
|Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)||2 hr 30 mins||80.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Exams)||80.00|
Students will have to complete an in-person exam at the end of the module. This will take place during the examinations period at the end of the semester and will be time bound. Students must submit a serious attempt at all assessments, in order to pass the module overall.
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
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