Undergraduate Course: Dynamics and Vector Calculus (PHYS08043)
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  20 
ECTS Credits  10 
Summary  This course is designed for all prehonours physics students. It covers ordinary differential equations and the techniques of vector calculus, which are used to describe concepts in physics. The course consists of lectures to present new material, and workshops to develop understanding, familiarity and fluency. 
Course description 
Dynamics (20 lectures)
Part 1  Introduction to Dynamics. Newton's laws. Ordinary Differential Equations. Energy and momentum conservation.
Variable mass problems. Rocket equation. (6)
Part 2  Simple harmonic motion. Solution of 2nd order differential equations. Damped SHM. Forced SHM. Resonance.
Coupled oscillations. Normal modes. (6)
Part 3  Central forces. Angular momentum conservation.
Orbits. Kepler's Laws. Twobody problem. Centre of Mass system. Hardbody scattering. Rutherford scattering.
Noninertial frames. Centrifugal & Coriolis forces. (8)
Vector Calculus (20 lectures)
 Introduction to fields. Equipotentials. Scalar and vector fields. (3)
 Gradient. Divergence. Curl. Laplacian operator. Vector operator identities.(4)
 Plane surfaces. Line, surface and volume elements. Line integrals. Surface integrals. Volume integrals. (5)
 Divergence Theorem. Continuity equation. Stokes's Theorem. (3)
 Scalar potential. Conservative forces and fields. Poisson's equation. Vector potential.(3)
 Curvilinear surfaces. Line, surface, volume elements. Div, grad, curl in polar coordinates.(2)

Information for Visiting Students
Prerequisites  None 
High Demand Course? 
Yes 
Course Delivery Information

Academic year 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1)

Quota: 0 
Course Start 
Semester 2 
Timetable 
Timetable 
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) 
Total Hours:
200
(
Lecture Hours 44,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 40,
Summative Assessment Hours 3,
Revision Session Hours 4,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
105 )

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

Additional Information (Assessment) 
20% Coursework
80% Exams 
Feedback 
Not entered 
Exam Information 
Exam Diet 
Paper Name 
Hours & Minutes 

Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)   3:00   Resit Exam Diet (August)   3:00  
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
 Explain how aspects of the physical world are appropriately modelled in terms of ordinary differential equations and scalar and vector fields.
 Apply standard methods for solving ordinary differential equations and vector calculus to physics problems.
 Present a solution to physics and mathematics problems in a clear and logical written form.
 Assess whether a solution to a given problem is physically and mathematically reasonable
 Locate and use additional sources of information (to include discussion with peers where appropriate) to facilitate independent problemsolving.

Reading List
For the whole of this course the mathematical methods are covered in:
``Mathematical Methods for Physics and Engineering'', K. F. Riley, M. P. Hobson, S. J. Bence, Cambridge University Press (1998)
``Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences,'' Mary L. Boas, Published by John Wiley and Sons, Inc.(1966)
The Dynamics part of the course is closest to the material in the first halves of:
``Classical Mechanics,'' R. Douglas Gregory, Cambridge University Press (2006)
``Classical Mechanics," J.R. Taylor, USB (2005)
Also useful are:
``Introduction to Classical Mechanics,'' A.P.French & M.G.Ebison (1987)
``Analytical Mechanics," G.R.Fowles & G.L.Cassiday, 7th Edition, Brookes/Cole (2005)
The first half of: ``Dynamics and Relativity,'' W.D.McComb, Oxford University Press (1999)
and for SHM: ``Vibrations and Waves,'' A.P.French, CRC Press (1971)
The Vector Calculus part of the course will not use any particular textbook. The first two listed below are standard texts; Spiegel contains many examples and problems:
DE Bourne and PC Kendall, Vector Analysis and Cartesian Tensors, (Chapman and Hall).
PC Matthews, Vector Calculus, (Springer).
MR Spiegel, Vector Analysis, (Schaum, McGrawHill). 
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills 
Not entered 
Additional Class Delivery Information 
Lectures in Weeks 110:
Dynamics M & Th 1112 Vector Calculus Tu & F 1112
Workshops in Weeks 211:
Dynamics M 1416 & W 911 (choose one)
Vector Calculus Tu & Th 1416 (choose one) 
Keywords  DVC 
Contacts
Course organiser  Prof Martin Evans
Tel: (0131 6)50 5294
Email: M.Evans@ed.ac.uk 
Course secretary  Mrs Jo Thorpe
Tel:
Email: jthorpe3@ed.ac.uk 

