School of Chemical and Physical Sciences

Faculty of Natural Sciences

For academic year: 2024/25 Last Updated: 14 June 2024

PHY-10022 - Mechanics, Gravity and Relativity

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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.

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.

http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/phy-10022/lists

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

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Understand basic concepts in classical mechanics and Newtonian gravity, and the principles of special relativity by solving physical problems, particularly in astrophysical situations:

Understand mathematical techniques necessary for application to physics: 1,2,3

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:

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

Maths lectures 10h

Maths tutorials 12h

Independent Study: Problem sheets 18h

Independent study 82h

Examination 2h

Maths class test/unseen examination 2h

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Unseen written examination

2-hour (100 marks) exam with a degree of choice

Class Test

Two 1-hour unseen Mathematics examinations

Problem sheets

Students complete a number of problem sheets. Equivalent to ~1000 words.