Mechanics and Relativity (F3210)

15 credits, Level 4

Autumn teaching

The module covers:

  • motion in two and three dimensions
  • Newton’s laws
  • friction & drag
  • work and kinetic energy
  • potential energy and energy conservation
  • centre of mass and linear momentum
  • rotation
  • rolling, torque and angular momentum
  • equilibrium & elasticity
  • fluids
  • gravitation
  • motion of charged particles in electromagnetic fields
  • special relativity and Lorentz-Einstein transformations.


75%: Lecture
25%: Practical (Workshop)


20%: Coursework (Portfolio)
80%: Examination (Unseen examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 32 hours of contact time and about 118 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.