Physics and astronomy

Classical Mechanics

Module code: F3210
Level 4
15 credits in autumn teaching
Teaching method: Workshop, Lecture
Assessment modes: Unseen examination, Coursework

An introduction to mechanics and its applications, covering: Newton's Laws; particle dynamics; work and kinetic energy; potential energy and energy conservation; momentum, impulse and collisions; rocket propulsion; rigid-body rotation; torque and angular momentum; gyroscopes and precession; statics and equilibrium; fluid statics and dynamics; gravitation, satellite motion and Kepler's laws.

Module learning outcomes

  • Have acquired a knowledge of mechanics including the dynamics of particles and extended objects, work, energy, momentum, rigid body rotation and statics.
  • Be able to apply this knowledge to solving physical problems, including rocket propulsion, gyroscopes, fluids, gravitation and satellite motion.