Undergraduate Course: Classical Physics (PHYS08055)
Course Outline
School  School of Physics and Astronomy 
College  College of Science and Engineering 
Course type  Standard 
Availability  Not available to visiting students 
Credit level (Normal year taken)  SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) 
Credits  10 
Home subject area  Undergraduate (School of Physics and Astronomy) 
Other subject area  None 
Course website 
None 
Taught in Gaelic?  No 
Course description  This course is designed for prehonours direct entry Geophysics students. It provides an introduction to classical dynamics, waves and special relativity. It serves both as a preparation for further study in Geophysicsbased degree programmes.
The course consists of lectures to present new material, and workshops to develop understanding, familiarity and fluency.

Course Delivery Information

Delivery period: 2014/15 Semester 1, Not available to visiting students (SS1)

Learn enabled: No 
Quota: None 

Web Timetable 
Web Timetable 
Course Start Date 
15/09/2014 
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) 
Total Hours:
100
(
Lecture Hours 22,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Revision Session Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
52 )

Additional Notes 

Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) 
Written Exam
80 %,
Coursework
0 %,
Practical Exam
20 %

Exam Information 
Exam Diet 
Paper Name 
Hours & Minutes 

Main Exam Diet S1 (December)  Classical Physics (PHYS08055)  2:00   Resit Exam Diet (August)  Classical Physics (PHYS08055)  2:00  
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course it is intended that student will be able to:
* State the basic principles of classical dynamics, special relativity and elementary quantum mechanics and the regimes in which the different theories apply;
* Apply these principles in conjunction with elementary mathematical techniques to solve simple problems in classical, relativistic and quantum mechanics;
* Present a solution to a physics problem in a clear and logical written form;
* Assess whether a solution to a given problem is physically reasonable;
* Locate and use additional sources of information (to include discussion with peers where appropriate) to facilitate independent problemsolving.

Assessment Information
80% Written Exam and 20% Coursework 
Special Arrangements
Open to Point of Entry 2 (PoE2) students from the School of Geosciences only. 
Additional Information
Academic description 
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Syllabus 
Classical Physics (20 lectures)
*Revision of elementary statics & dynamics (4 lectures)
Statics forces, resolution of forces into components. Force diagrams. (1)
Laws of motion in two and three dimensions: Newton's Laws in vector form. Conservation of linear momentum. (1)
Concept of reference frames, relative motion, laws of motion in this notation.(1)
Force/Work relation, conservation of energy (kinetic and potential), dynamic and static friction. (1)
*Further dynamics (8 lectures)
Centreofmass of points and solid bodies (1)
Linear momentum of system of particles, centreofmass frame, elastic collision in centreofmass frame. (1)
Full dynamics in onedimension: use of differential equations, Rocket equations, friction, air resistance etc). (2)
Rotational motion, torque, angular acceleration and angular momentum of set of particles. (2)
Momentofinertia of sets of particles and rigid bodies, central axis theorem, angular equations of motion, energy relations. (2)
*Oscillations & waves (8 lectures)
Linear restoring force, SHM in 1dimension, displacement, velocity, acceleration,energy in undamped oscillations. The pendulum. (1)
Damped SHM, types, characteristic time, frequency shift. (1)
Forced damped SHM, resonance behaviour (1)
Wave on a string, waveequation, travelling waves, group and phase velocities, energy transfer by waves. (3)
Superposition principle, interference, beats, standing waves and applications of practical systems, Doppler effects, links to Fourier series. (2)

Transferable skills 
Not entered 
Reading list 
Not entered 
Study Abroad 
Not entered 
Study Pattern 
Not entered 
Keywords  ClPhys 
Contacts
Course organiser  Dr Jamie Cole
Tel: (0131 6)50 5999
Email: R.J.Cole@ed.ac.uk 
Course secretary  Mrs Bonnie Macmillan
Tel: (0131 6)50 5905
Email: Bonnie.MacMillan@ed.ac.uk 

