Physics and astronomy
Module code: F3207
Level 3 (sub-degree)
15 credits in autumn teaching
Teaching method: Workshop, Lecture, Class
Assessment modes: Unseen examination, Coursework
Topics covered in this module include:
- Units and dimensions: mass, length, time and derived units.
- Kinematics in one dimension: displacement, speed, velocity and acceleration.
- Linear motion with uniform acceleration, the equations of motion and gravitational acceleration.
- Vectors and scalars: the components of a vector and the addition and subtraction of vectors.
- Motion in more than one dimension: projectiles.
- Forces and Newton's laws of motion: force and mass, Newton's 3 laws, gravitational force, normal forces, tension, frictional forces and coefficients of friction.
- Work and energy: work done by a constant force, the work-energy theorem, kinetic energy, potential energy, conservative and non-conservative forces and the conservation of mechanical energy.
- Linear momentum: linear momentum, impulse, conservation of linear momentum and elastic and inelastic collisions in one and two dimensions.
- Uniform circular motion: centripetal forces, centripetal acceleration and satellites.
- Rotational kinematics: angular displacement, angular velocity, angular acceleration, the equations of rotational kinematics with constant angular acceleration and rolling motion.
- Statics of rigid bodies: torque, action of forces, torques on rigid bodies, rigid bodies in equilibrium, centre of mass, centre of gravity and stability.
- Rotational dynamics of rigid bodies: Newton's second law for rotation about a fixed axis, the moment of inertia, work and kinetic energy associated with rotational motion, angular momentum of a rigid body and conservation of angular momentum.
Module learning outcomes
- Have acquired a basic knowledge of kinematics and mechanics, including work, energy, power, momentum and statics and dynamics of rigid bodies.
- Be able to solve problems relevant to physics and engineering at the appropriate level which requires use of the knowledge.
- Have acquired a sufficient grounding in the material of the course for subsequent core courses in physics and engineering which include kinematics and mechanics.