Undergraduate Course: Classical Physics (PHYS08055)
|School||School of Physics and Astronomy
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course is open to Point of Entry 2 (PoE2) students from the School of Geosciences only. It provides an introduction to classical dynamics and waves. It serves as a preparation for further study in Geophysics-based degree programmes.
The course consists of lectures to present new material, and workshops to develop understanding, familiarity and fluency.
Kinematics: Describing the motion of particles, 'SUVAT' equations for constant acceleration, circular motion.
Dynamics: Newton's Laws of motion, types of force, statics and force diagrams, Newton's law of universal gravitation, solving equations of motion.
Energy: Kinetic energy, work, potential energy in conservative systems, energy conservation.
Conservation Laws: Central forces, angular momentum, torque, Noether's theorem.
Classical Relativity: Galilean invariance, fictitious forces in accelerating frames.
2 Particle systems: Centre of mass, conservation of momentum and angular momentum, elastic and inelastic collisions.
Rigid Bodies and rotation: Centre of mass, moment of inertia, kinetic energy, torque, angular SUVAT, angular momentum.
Oscillations & waves:
Linear restoring force, SHM in 1-dimension, displacement, velocity, acceleration,energy in undamped oscillations. The pendulum.
Damped SHM, types, characteristic time, frequency shift.
Forced damped SHM, resonance behaviour
Wave on a string, wave-equation, travelling waves, group and phase velocities, energy transfer by waves.
Superposition principle, interference, beats, standing waves and applications of practical systems, Doppler effects, links to Fourier series.
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2015/16, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
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
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||80% Written Exam and 20% Coursework
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S1 (December)||Classical Physics (PHYS08055)||2:00|
|Resit Exam Diet (August)||Classical Physics (PHYS08055)||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- State the basic principles of classical dynamics.
- Apply these principles in conjunction with elementary mathematical techniques to solve problems.
- Present a solution to a physics problem in a clear and logical written form and assess whether it is physically reasonable.
- 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 problem-solving.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Open to Point of Entry 2 (PoE2) students from the School of Geosciences only.
|Course organiser||Dr Jamie Cole
Tel: (0131 6)50 5999
|Course secretary||Mrs Bonnie Macmillan
Tel: (0131 6)50 7218
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