Course Convenor:Dr V Cheianov
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CMod descriptionback to top
introduction to the applications of kinematics and dynamics to real physical
situations. Topics discussed include gravitation, planetary motion and orbits,
rotational motion, angular momentum, moment of inertia, rotational energy and
torque. Elasticity and elastic moduli. Elementary fluid mechanics.
Curriculum Design: Outline Syllabusback to top
Relation between force, work and potential energy.
Rotation of rigid bodies. Dynamics of rotational motion. Torque. Energy of rotation.
Moment of inertia. Centre of mass. Angular momentum. Gyroscopes.
Equilibrium. Properties of solids. Elasticity.
The gravitational force. Inertial and gravitational mass. Mach's principle.
Use of gravitational potential energy. Escape speed. Spherical mass distributions. Black holes. Dark matter.
Motion of satellites and planetary orbits.
Properties of fluids. Fluid dynamics. Viscosity.
Y&F chapters 6-7, 9-12, 14.
Curriculum Design: Pre-requisites/Co-requisites/Exclusionsback to top
Part I Entry Requirements
A level Maths and Physics
Educational Aims: Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skillsback to top
To apply the ideas of fundamental Newtonian mechanics to real large scale systems such as rotating bodies, planetary systems and classical fluids.
Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skillsback to top
On completion of the module, students should be able to :
- understand the central importance of gravitation in determining the large-scale behaviour of the Universe.
- appreciate how to extend the principles of basic kinematics and dynamics to rotational situations.
- recognise the concepts involved in basic kinematics and dynamics of rotational situations.
- recognise the working of basic processes in the properties of materials, that is solids, liquids and gases.
- apply their knowledge to modelling real phenomena and situations.
Curriculum Design: Select Bibliographyback to top
(E) H D Young & R A Freedman University Physics, Addison-Wesley, 11th Ed.