MAT-20005 - Dynamics
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Level: Level 5
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733075

Programme/Approved Electives for 2024/25


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2024/25

The module is an introduction to dynamics with applications mainly to systems which can be modelled by particle dynamics. The topics investigated include: Newton's laws, momentum, kinetic and potential energy, projectiles, simple harmonic motion, springs, the pendulum, rocket motion, planetary and satellite orbits, linear theory of oscillations, and normal modes.

The aim of this module is to demonstrate the successful application of mathematics in the modelling of physical systems, within the context of Newtonian dynamics.

Intended Learning Outcomes

solve problems involving central forces and model planetary motion, the motion of satellites and orbital transfer: 3
interpret a system's dynamics from the energy equation: 1,3
consider the effect of variable mass via the "rocket equation": 2,3

Study hours

Lectures: 36 hours
Examples Classes: 12 hours
Independent study: 102

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Assignment weighted 15%
Take home assignment
This assignment will be covering kinematics, application of Newton's Laws and some problems on projectiles.

2: Class Test weighted 15%
Class test
The class test is concerned with springs and variable mass problems.

3: Exam weighted 70%
Final Exam
The examination paper will consist of no less than five and not more than eight questions, all of which are compulsory.