PHY-10022 - Mechanics, Gravity and Relativity
Coordinator: Coel Hellier Room: LJ2.04 Tel: +44 1782 7 34243
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Level: Level 4
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 734921

Programme/Approved Electives for 2024/25


Available as a Free Standing Elective






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Description for 2024/25

This level 4 module builds on A-level physics by taking the familiar subject of mechanics, but integrating it into calculus-based mathematics, thus laying the foundation for physics and astrophysics degrees. Topics include Special Relativity, linear mechanics, rotational mechanics, and gravity. The module develops skills in applying physical principles and mathematical techniques to physical and astrophysical situations.
A mathematics component is included, in which fundamental techniques routinely used in physics are taught and practised. There is also a laboratory component, which involves bench work, computing and communication exercises.

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.

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Use mathematics (including vectors and complex numbers) as the language of physics in solving physical and astrophysical problems: 1,2,3
Understand mathematical techniques necessary for application to physics: 1,2,3
Understand basic concepts in classical mechanics and Newtonian gravity, and the principles of special relativity by solving physical problems, particularly in astrophysical situations:

Study hours

Active Learning hours: Lectures 24h
Maths lectures 10h
Maths tutorials 12h
Independent Study: Problem sheets 18h
Independent study 82h
Examination 2h
Maths class test/unseen examination 2h

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Unseen Exam weighted 40%
Unseen written examination
2-hour (100 marks) exam with a degree of choice

2: Class Test weighted 40%
Class Test
Two 1-hour unseen Mathematics examinations

3: Problem Sheets weighted 20%
Problem sheets
Students complete a number of problem sheets. Equivalent to ~1000 words.