PH10004: Classical mechanics
Academic Year:  2019/0 
Owning Department/School:  Department of Physics 
Credits:  3 [equivalent to 6 CATS credits] 
Notional Study Hours:  60 
Level:  Certificate (FHEQ level 4) 
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Assessment Summary:  EX 100% 
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Requisites: 
While taking this module you must take PH10007
You must have Alevel Physics or Chemistry (or equivalent) and Alevel 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 nonconstant acceleration; fundamental and nonfundamental (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 nonconservative forces; momentum and impulse; centre of mass; the twobody 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; nonuniform 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. 
Programme availability: 
PH10004 is Compulsory on the following programmes:Department of Physics

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