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Module Code: PHY004
Module Title: Physics I: Newtonian Mechanics
Module Level: Level 0
Module Credits: 2.50
Academic Year: 2019/20
Semester: SEM2
Originating Department: Mathematical Sciences
Pre-requisites: MTH013ORMTH019ORMTH023ORMTH025ORMTH027ORMTH029MTH027MTH021MTH023
To give students a broad education in classical mechanics.

To appreciate the importance of simplification of complex physical phenomena, the establishment of ideal model, and its extension to a more realistic description of nature.

To train the students' ability to think logically and independently and to acquire the skills of problem solving.

To enhance student understanding how the real physics world works and inspire students to creatively explore hypotheses through experimentation.

To provide an experimental foundation for the theoretical concepts introduced in the lectures.

To familiarize students with the experimental apparatus, the scientific method and tools of experimental data analysis.

Learning outcomes 
A learn the rules of units, vectors in measurements;

B know the difference between significant figures, accuracy & precision in measurements;

C describe Newton’s laws & apply them to simple problems;

D explain the conservation of energy and momentum & apply them to simple problems;

E describe how conservation laws can be used to solve problems more easily than Newton’s Laws;

F solve problems using mathematics discussed in the course.

G learn some experimental apparatus of mechanics, the scientific method and tools of experimental data analysis.

Method of teaching and learning 
Students will be expected to attend four to five hours of formal lectures and class demonstrations in a typical week. Lectures will introduce students to the academic content and practical skills which are the subject of the module.

In addition, students will be expected to devote six hours of unsupervised time to private study. Private study will provide time for reflection and consideration of lecture material and background reading.

Students will be required to attend 2 sessions of the physics lab section. In addition, students will be expected to research each topic before coming to lab class. The pre-lab handout will give some background for study, and will include a few specific questions. Moreover, for each lab, students will be required to submit a formal lab report within the two weeks after they complete the experiment.

There are 6 weeks lectures and the final exam is in Week 7.

Theory Part

Chapter I. Kinematics of particles

§1-1 Basic concepts

Particle, reference frame and coordinate system, translation and rotation,

Parameters for the description of motion: position vector, displacement,

velocity (average & instantaneous velocity), acceleration(average & instantaneous velocity).

§1-2 Acceleration of a particle moving along curvilinear line

Derivation of the general expression of acceleration, normal and tangential acceleration

§1-3 Special cases

Uniformly accelerated rectilinear motion, free fall, circular motion with constant angular acceleration

§1-4 Description of motion in terms of components

General expression, Examples: uniform circular motion and projectile motion

§1-5 Relative motion

Relative motion and Galilean transformation

Chapter II. Dynamics of particles

§2-1 Newton's laws of motion

§2-2 Forces in nature

Academic classification of forces.

Engineering classification of forces: 1. gravitational force and gravity, 2. elastic forces (spring force, tension in rope, string, cable and cord, force between surfaces of two bodies in contact), 3. force of friction, 4 electric and magnetic forces.

§2-3 Application of Newton's laws of motion with examples

General steps, examples

§2-4 SI unit in mechanics and dimensional analysis

Chapter III. Work and energy

§3-1 Work

Definition of work, work done by torque on a particle in circular motion,

§3-2 Kinetic energy and work-energy theorem

§3-3 Conservative force and potential energy

Work done by gravity force, spring force, central force and frictional force: conservative & non-conservative forces

Potential energy due to gravity, spring force and gravitational force.

Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 24     9  6    36  75 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Final Examination 65.00
2 Coursework 20.00
3 Experiment 15.00

Module Catalogue generated from SITS CUT-OFF: 12/9/2019 11:13:57 PM