# DEGREE REGULATIONS & PROGRAMMES OF STUDY 2018/2019

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# 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 Available to all students SCQF Credits 10 ECTS Credits 5 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. Course description Classical Dynamics: 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.
 Pre-requisites Co-requisites Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Classical and Modern Physics (PHYS08044) OR Modern Physics (PHYS08045) Other requirements Physics and Maths with A grades in Advance Highers or A-levels (or equivalent)
 Pre-requisites Not Applicable High Demand Course? Yes
 Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None Course Start Semester 1 Timetable Timetable 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 ) Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 80 %, Coursework 20 %, Practical Exam 0 % Additional Information (Assessment) 80% Written Exam and 20% Coursework Feedback Not entered Exam Information Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes Main Exam Diet S1 (December) 2:00 Resit Exam Diet (August) 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.
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 Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered Special Arrangements Open to Point of Entry 2 (PoE2) students from the School of Geosciences only. Keywords ClPhys
 Course organiser Dr Jamie Cole Tel: (0131 6)50 5999 Email: R.J.Cole@ed.ac.uk Course secretary Miss Danielle Jeffery Tel: (0131 6)50 7218 Email: Danielle.Jeffery@ed.ac.uk
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