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## PH10004: Classical mechanics

Owning Department/School: Department of Physics
Credits: 3      [equivalent to 6 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 60
Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Period:
Semester 1
Assessment Summary: EX 100%
Assessment Detail:
• Examination (EX 100%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Requisites: While taking this module you must take PH10007
You must have A-level Physics or Chemistry (or equivalent) and A-level Mathematics (or equivalent) to take this unit.
Description: Aims:
The aims of this unit are to present students with a clear guide to the laws of classical mechanics, and to strengthen their understanding of the universality of concepts from classical mechanics (from fundamental particles to billiard balls and planets) by means of practical problems.

Learning Outcomes:
After taking this unit the student should be able to:
* conserve linear and angular momentum in collisions;
* use the concepts of kinetic and potential energy and mechanical work to solve a range of physical problems;
* use conservation of energy to qualitatively describe the motion of particles in potentials and determine the regimes of bound and free motion;
* use the concepts of angular momentum, torque and moment of inertia to describe rotations of rigid bodies.

Skills:
Numeracy T/F A, Problem Solving T/F A.

Content:
Kinematics and Newton's laws of motion (1 hour): Vector notations, velocity and acceleration; constant and non-constant acceleration; fundamental and non-fundamental (phenomenological) forces in common physical problems; Galilean invariance, inertial frames and inertial forces.
Conservation laws in mechanics (5 hours): Energy and momentum; work and energy; potential energy (potential wells and barriers); conservative and non-conservative forces; momentum and impulse; centre of mass; the two-body problem; collisions in the centre of mass frame; systems with flow of mass and rockets.
Circular motion and rotations (5 hours): velocity and acceleration in polar coordinates, Coriolis acceleration; non-uniform circular and spiral motions; angular momentum of a point particle, spin and orbital angular momentum of a rigid body; torque and angular momentum as vectors, equations of motion of rotating bodies; moments of inertia; centre of gravity; physical pendulum.
While taking this module you must take PH10007
Programme availability:

#### PH10004 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Physics
• USPH-AFB01 : BSc(Hons) Physics (Year 1)
• USPH-AAB02 : BSc(Hons) Physics with Study year abroad (Year 1)
• USPH-AKB02 : BSc(Hons) Physics with Year long work placement (Year 1)
• USPH-AFB10 : BSc(Hons) Physics with Astrophysics (Year 1)
• USPH-AAB10 : BSc(Hons) Physics with Astrophysics with Study year abroad (Year 1)
• USPH-AKB10 : BSc(Hons) Physics with Astrophysics with Year long work placement (Year 1)
• USPH-AFM02 : MPhys(Hons) Physics (Year 1)
• USPH-AFM04 : MPhys(Hons) Physics with Research placement (Year 1)
• USPH-AAM03 : MPhys(Hons) Physics with Study year abroad (Year 1)
• USPH-AKM03 : MPhys(Hons) Physics with Professional Placement (Year 1)
• USPH-AKM04 : MPhys(Hons) Physics with Professional and Research Placements (Year 1)
• USPH-AFM10 : MPhys(Hons) Physics with Astrophysics (Year 1)
• USPH-AFM11 : MPhys(Hons) Physics with Astrophysics with Research placement (Year 1)
• USPH-AAM10 : MPhys(Hons) Physics with Astrophysics with Study year abroad (Year 1)
• USPH-AKM10 : MPhys(Hons) Physics with Astrophysics with Professional Placement (Year 1)
• USPH-AKM11 : MPhys(Hons) Physics with Astrophysics with Professional and Research Placements (Year 1)

 Notes: This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2018/19 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2019/20 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2018/19. Programmes and units are subject to change in accordance with normal University procedures. Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules. Undergraduates: Find out more about these and other important University terms and conditions here. Postgraduates: Find out more about these and other important University terms and conditions here.