Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24
Available as a Free Standing Elective
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: 3interpret a system's dynamics from the energy equation: 1,3consider the effect of variable mass via the "rocket equation": 2,3
Lectures: 36 hoursExamples Classes: 12 hoursIndependent study: 102
1: Assignment weighted 15%
Description of Module Assessment
Take home assignmentThis assignment will be covering kinematics, application of Newton's Laws and some problems on projectiles.2: Class Test weighted 15%
Class testThe class test is concerned with springs and variable mass problems.3: Exam weighted 70%
Final ExamThe examination paper will consist of no less than five and not more than eight questions, all of which are compulsory.