Module Identifier  MP14010  
Module Title  DYNAMICS AND RELATIVITY  
Academic Year  2006/2007  
Coordinator  Dr Eleri Pryse  
Semester  Semester 1  
Other staff  Professor Keith Birkinshaw  
PreRequisite  Alevel Mathematics  
CoRequisite  None  
Course delivery  Lecture  20 x 1hour sessions of lectures and example classes  
Assessment 

1. Describe the basic principles of Dynamics and Special Relativity;
2. Model problems in dynamics and special relativity with mathematical equations, apply basic solution techniques to these equations and interpret the results in the original physical context;
3. Solve numerical problems in linear and rotational dynamics and in special relativity.
DYNAMICS
Kinematics: constant acceleration, projectile motion
Newton's Law of Motion: momentum, weight, contact forces on solids, friction, circular motion and centripetal face, drag force.
Work and Energy: work done by face, kinetic energy, power, conservative force, potential energy, conservation of mechanical energy.
Conservation of Momentum: centreofmass, collisions, coefficient of restitution, rocket propulsion
Gravity: Kepler's Laws, Newton's Law of Gravity, gravitational potential energy
RELATIVITY
Introduction and discussion of the shortcomings of prerelativistic physics, which lead to the simple postulates of Special Relativity, with spectacular results in our understanding of space and time. The LorentzEinstein transformations are derived from the postulates, leading to an understanding of timedilation and Lorentz contraction.
Problem_solving  Problem solving skills are developed throughout this module and tested in assignments and in the written examination. 
This module is at CQFW Level 4