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.