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Undergraduate Course: Dynamics (PHYS08040)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Physics and Astronomy CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) Credits10
Home subject areaUndergraduate (School of Physics and Astronomy) Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course is designed for pre-honours physics students to learn the use of simple differential equations to describe basic concepts in physics. The course consists of an equal balance between lectures to present new material, and workshops to develop understanding, familiarity and fluency.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Dynamics and Vector Calculus (PHYS08043)
Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesNone
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?No
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  No Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 13/01/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 37 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 80 %, Coursework 20 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)2:00
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course it is intended that student will be able to:
1. Demonstrate understanding and work with ordinary differential equations, homogenous and inhomogeneous, first order and second order, the harmonic oscillator (free, damped and forced), with examples from classical mechanics.
2. Demonstrate understanding of energy, momentum and angular momentum conservation, and apply them to central force problems.
3. Demonstrate understanding and work with coupled oscillators and expansion in normal modes, with examples from classical mechanics and quantum mechanics
Assessment Information
20% coursework, 80% examination
Special Arrangements
None
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus - Introduction to Dynamics. Ordinary Differential Equations (2)

- Newtonian dynamics. Reference frames. Projectiles. (2)

- Momentum. Variable mass problems. Rocket equation. (1)

- Simple harmonic motion. Harmonic oscillator. Damped SHM. Forced SHM. (4)

- Second order differential equations. Solution by series. (2)

- Conservation laws. Conservative forces. Conservation of energy and momentum. (1)

- Central forces. Potential. Angular Momentum. Orbits. (3)

- Inverse square forces. Gravity. Keplers laws. (2)

- Coupled oscillators. Normal modes. Compound pendula. (3)
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsDyn
Contacts
Course organiserDr Einan Gardi
Tel: (0131 6)50 6469
Email: Einan.Gardi@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMiss Jillian Bainbridge
Tel: (0131 6)50 7218
Email: J.Bainbridge@ed.ac.uk
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