|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Seminars / Tutorials||3 Seminars /Tutorials|
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Exam||2 Hours written examination||80%|
|Semester Assessment||COURSE WORK: 2 COURSE TESTS (1 HOUR EACH), 3 EXAMPLE SHEETS||20%|
|Supplementary Exam||2 Hours written examination||100%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
Use Newtonian mechanics to describe the behaviour of simple mechanical systems.
Apply vector analysis and calculus to problems in mechanics.
Demonstrate knowledge of planetary orbits and be able to calculate orbital parameters in the case of circular orbits.
Apply the concepts of rotational dynamics (angular momentum, couple, moment of inertia) to everyday problems.
Explain the phenomena of pressure and temperature in a gas by considering the motions of molecules.
Derive the gas laws from kinetic ideas.
This module explores the success of Netonian physics in explaining the world around us - from behaviour of gases to the orbit of the planets. Starting from the cornerstone of Newton's three laws, the module progresses to examine the interaction of forces and material objects and introduces the concept of a central force field. Topics covered include: conservation laws, rotational motion, gravitational fields and potential, projectiles and intermolecular forces.
Reading ListEssential Reading
Nelkon, Michael. (1987.) Advanced level physics /Michael Nelkon, Philip Parker. 6th ed. Heinemann Educational Primo search
This module is at CQFW Level 4