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MPhys Physics with Astrophysics / Course details
Year of entry: 2021
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Course unit details:
|Unit level||Level 1|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1|
|Offered by||Department of Physics & Astronomy|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
To introduce the fundamental concepts of Newtonian mechanics.
This course unit detail provides the framework for delivery in 20/21 and may be subject to change due to any additional Covid-19 impact. Please see Blackboard / course unit related emails for any further updates
On completion successful students will be able to explain the role of, and solve problems involving, the following concepts:
1. frame of reference and its associated coordinate systems.
2. Newton's laws and the motion of simple systems.
3. energy, work, power, momentum, force, impulse, angular velocity, angular acceleration and torque.
4. conservation of energy, momentum, and angular momentum.
Furthermore, they will be able to solve problems involving:
5. the rotation of rigid bodies.
6. motion in a gravitational field.
1. Linear Dynamics I
Differentiation of vectors, velocity and acceleration.
Inertial frames and Newton I.
2. Linear Dynamics II
Equations of motion.
Action at a distance.
3. Linear Dynamics III
Momentum conservation and Newton III.
Applications of Newtonian mechanics.
4. Linear Dynamics IV
Conservation principles in physics.
Kinetic energy and work.
5. Rotational Motion I
Torque, vector product, rotation of coordinate axes and angular momentum.
6. Conservation laws and isolated systems
Conservation of linear momentum.
Internal forces for a collection of particles.
Centre of mass.
7. Angular momentum
Angular momentum and Newton II.
Conservation of angular momentum.
8. Rotational motion II
Equation of motion; kinetic energy, angular momentum, moments of inertia, gyroscopes and precession.
Newton’s Law of Gravitation
Kepler’s Laws of Planetary Motion
Gravitational Potential Energy
Spherical mass distributions
Feedback will be offered by tutors on students’ written solutions to weekly examples sheets, and model answers will be issued.
Compulsory Text book
Young, H.D. & Freedman, R.A. University Physics (Addison-Wesley)
Forshaw, J.R. & Smith, A.G. Dynamics & Relativity (Wiley)
French, A.P. Newtonian Mechanics (Norton)
Halliday, D., Resnick, R. & Walker, J. Fundamentals of Physics (Wiley)
Kleppner, D. & Kolenkow, R. An Introduction to Mechanics (McGraw-Hill)
Tipler, P.A., Physics for Scientists and Engineers (W.H. Freeman and company)
Supplementary maths text
Tinker, M. & Lambourne, R. Further Mathematics for the Physical Sciences (Wiley)
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Assessment written exam||1.5|
|Practical classes & workshops||11|
|Independent study hours|
|Niels Walet||Unit coordinator|
|Justin Evans||Unit coordinator|