Programme/Approved Electives for 2020/21
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: 1,2interpret a system's dynamics from the energy equation: 1,2consider the effect of variable mass via the "rocket equation: 2
Lectures: 36 hoursExamples Classes: 12 hoursIndependent study: 100 hoursUnseen examination: 2 hoursClass Test: 1 hour
1: Assignment weighted 20%
Description of Module Assessment
Online assignmentOnline 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 examinationThe examination paper will consist of no less than five and not more than eight questions, all of which are compulsory.