Undergraduate Course: Classical Physics (PHYS08055)
Course Outline
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 Geophysicsbased 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 1dimension, 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, waveequation, 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.

Information for Visiting Students
Prerequisites  Not Applicable 
High Demand Course? 
Yes 
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered 
Learning Outcomes
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 problemsolving.

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills 
Not entered 
Special Arrangements 
Open to Point of Entry 2 (PoE2) students from the School of Geosciences only. 
Keywords  ClPhys 
Contacts
Course organiser  Dr Jamie Cole
Tel: (0131 6)50 5999
Email: R.J.Cole@ed.ac.uk 
Course secretary  Miss Rachel Ord
Tel: (0131 6)50 9110
Email: Rachel.Ord@ed.ac.uk 

