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BSc/MPhys Physics with an Integrated Foundation Year / Course details
Year of entry: 2023
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Course unit details:
|Unit level||Level 1|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
The course unit aims to provide a basic course in mechanics for students in the Foundation Year.
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.
Coursework 1 (week 5) Weighting within unit 10%
Coursework 2 (week 9) Weighting within unit 10%
Examination (semester 2) Weighting within unit 80%
BOSTOCK, L. & CHANDLER, S. 1975. Applied mathematics. Stanley Thornes, London. (ISBN0859500195 / ISBN9780859500197)
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|John Parkinson||Unit coordinator|
|David Silvester||Unit coordinator|
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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