School of Chemical and Physical Sciences

Faculty of Natural Sciences

For academic year: 2022/23 Last Updated: 19 January 2023

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, practical and computational skills that are required by the practising physicist or astrophysicist.

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Use of mathematics (including vectors and complex numbers) as the language of physics, and its use in solving physical and astrophysical problems, will be achieved by assessments

Understand basic concepts in classical mechanics and Newtonian gravity, and the principles of special relativity. Demonstration of this understanding by solving physical problems, particularly in astrophysical situations, will be achieved by assessments.

Understanding of mathematical techniques necessary for application to physics, will be achieved by assessments.

Perform practical work and keep accurate accounts of it, including professionally maintained records of purpose, methodology, and results. Communicate the process and results of practical work in formal, written presentations. Enter, manipulate, and present data with the aid of computer tools, will be achieved by assessments.

Understand basic concepts in classical mechanics and Newtonian gravity, and the principles of special relativity. Demonstration of this understanding by solving physical problems, particularly in astrophysical situations, will be achieved by assessments.

Understanding of mathematical techniques necessary for application to physics, will be achieved by assessments.

Perform practical work and keep accurate accounts of it, including professionally maintained records of purpose, methodology, and results. Communicate the process and results of practical work in formal, written presentations. Enter, manipulate, and present data with the aid of computer tools, will be achieved by assessments.

Lectures 24h

Problem classes 6h

Problem sheets 18h

Examination 2h

Maths support classes 5h

Maths problem classes 6h

Maths class test/unseen examination 1h

Laboratory sessions 18h

Laboratory reports 12h

Directed reading/independent study 58h

Problem classes 6h

Problem sheets 18h

Examination 2h

Maths support classes 5h

Maths problem classes 6h

Maths class test/unseen examination 1h

Laboratory sessions 18h

Laboratory reports 12h

Directed reading/independent study 58h

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Two hour unseen written examination

Exam paper has two: Section A - 8 short questions with total marks 32/100; Section B - choice of 3 out of 4 long questions worth 69/100 marks.

One hour unseen Mathematics examination

Laboratory and Computing Sessions

Continuous assessment of a laboratory diary containing several experiments (weight 30%). Assessment of a formal lab report (weight 60%). Assessment of a computer programming exercises (weight 10%).

Problem sheets

Three assessed problem sheets.

Problem Classes

Tutor-moderated classes in which students complete assigned problems on Maths, Mechanics, Gravity and Relativity, with assistance given as necessary. Assessment is based on weekly attendance and engagement.