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

Programme/Approved Electives for 2020/21


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2020/21

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: 1,2
interpret a system's dynamics from the energy equation: 1,2
consider the effect of variable mass via the "rocket equation: 2

Study hours

Lectures: 36 hours
Examples Classes: 12 hours
Independent study: 100 hours
Unseen examination: 2 hours
Class Test: 1 hour

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Assignment weighted 20%
Online assignment
Online assignment of open-book style. Student may expect to spend about 10 hours for revision and preparation of this assignment.

2: Open Book Examination weighted 80%
Online examination
The examination paper will consist of no less than five and not more than eight questions, all of which are compulsory.