Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24
Available as a Free Standing Elective
In this module, you will build on knowledge of physics taught at school by taking the familiar subject of mechanics, but integrating it with calculus-based mathematics, thus laying the foundation for physics and astrophysics degrees. In addition, you will study basic parts of physics, including conservation laws, laws of motion, rotational mechanics, Newtonian gravity, and Einstein's theory of special relativity, along with the necessary mathematical techniques. Throughout the module you will develops skills in applying physical principles and mathematical techniques to physical and astrophysical situations.
Talis Aspire Reading ListAny reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/phy-10022/lists
To provide an understanding of mechanics, gravity and special relativity, and to develop the use of mathematics to solve physical problems. To develop the transferable, problem solving and mathematical skills that are required by the practising physicist or astrophysicist.
Intended Learning Outcomes
Use mathematics (including vectors and complex numbers) as the language of physics in solving physical and astrophysical problems: 1,2,3Understand mathematical techniques necessary for application to physics: 1,2,31,2,3Understand basic concepts in classical mechanics and Newtonian gravity, and the principles of special relativity by solving physical problems, particularly in astrophysical situations:
Active Learning hours: Lectures 24hMaths lectures 10hMaths tutorials 12hIndependent Study: Problem sheets 18h Independent study 82hExamination 2hMaths class test/unseen examination 2h
1: Unseen Exam weighted 40%
Description of Module Assessment
Unseen written examination2-hour (100 marks) exam with a degree of choice2: Class Test weighted 40%
Class TestTwo 1-hour unseen Mathematics examinations3: Problem Sheets weighted 20%
Problem sheetsStudents complete a number of problem sheets. Equivalent to ~1000 words.