BSc/MPhys Physics with an Integrated Foundation Year / Course details

Year of entry: 2022

Course unit details:
Mathematics 0J2

Course unit fact file
Unit code MATH19852
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 1
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Department of Mathematics
Available as a free choice unit? No


The course unit aims to provide a basic course in mechanics for students in the Foundation Year.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding: Be familiar with mechanics as applied to static and dynamical situations.

Intellectual skills: Be able to carry out routine operations involving the topics in the syllabus.

Transferable skills and personal qualities: Have a set of tools and methods that can be applied in the courses given in the host department or in subsequent years.


8 lectures: Dynamics I: Newton's Laws for linear motion. Concepts of mass, force, weight momentum, power, kinetic energy, work as an integral. Impulses, collisions, conservation laws, connected particle problems.

8 lectures: Dynamics II: Newton's Law for general motion in vector form. Position, velocity and acceleration vectors. Power and kinetic energy as scalar products. Free motion under uniform gravity. Motion in a circle with constant speed.

6 lectures : Statics: Forces and moments. Particles and rigid bodies under systems of coplanar forces. Laws of friction. Centre of mass.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Other 20%
Written exam 80%

Coursework 1 (week 5) Weighting within unit 10%

Coursework 2 (week 9) Weighting within unit 10%

Examination (semester 2) Weighting within unit 80%

Recommended reading

BOSTOCK, L. & CHANDLER, S. 1975. Applied mathematics. Stanley Thornes, London. (ISBN0859500195 / ISBN9780859500197)

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 24
Tutorials 11
Independent study hours
Independent study 65

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
John Parkinson Unit coordinator
David Silvester Unit coordinator

Additional notes

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.  

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