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 include:
- Units and dimensions: mass, length, time and derived units.
- Kinematics in one dimension: displacement, speed, velocity and acceleration; linear motion with uniform acceleration and the equations of motion; gravitational acceleration.
- Vectors and scalars: addition and subtraction of vectors; components of a vector.
- 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 and kinetic energy; potential energy; conservative and non-conservative forces; conservation of mechanical energy; power.
- Linear momentum: linear momentum, impulse and conservation of linear momentum; elastic and inelastic collisions in one and two dimensions.
- Uniform circular motion: centripetal forces and centripetal acceleration; satellites.
- Rotational kinematics: angular displacement, angular velocity and angular acceleration; the equations of rotational kinematics with constant angular acceleration; rolling motion.
- Statics of rigid bodies: torque; action of forces and torques on rigid bodies; rigid bodies in equilibrium; centre of mass and centre of gravity; stability.
- Rotational dynamics of rigid bodies: Newton's second law for rotation about a fixed axis; 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 mecahnics.