Mathematics of Physical Systems

Course code PHYS2190Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

This course gives a self-contained introduction to classical mechanics. Science students will see how mechanics can be subjected to the rigours of mathematics, whilst mathematics students will have an opportunity to see how mathematics can be applied in a physical situation.

Topics Covered will illustrate the application of a range of mathematical topics: differential equations, linear algebra and rudimentary concepts of symmetry goups and geometry.

This course provides a mathematical basis for further study in physics at the 3000 level.

Not available in 2014

Previously offered in 2006, 2005, 2004
Objectives1. To help students recognise the relevant mathematics underlying a range of physical problems
2. To teach students to apply existing mathematical knowledge to problems in the physical
sciences
3. To assist students to develop their analytic and problem solving skills
4. To enhance students laboratory and computing skills
5. To develop written communication skills.
Content* Newton's Laws
* Conservative systems
* Symmetries and conservation laws (momentum, angular momentum)
* Central forces
* Systems of particles, rigid bodies
* Non-inertial frames and Euler's equations
* The inertia tensor
* Hamiltonian formalism
* Coupled oscillations and normal modes
Replacing Course(s)N/A
TransitionN/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgePHYS1220 and MATH1120
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Laboratory
Tutorial
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments
Examination: Formal
Laboratory Exercises
Contact HoursTutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 13 weeks
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 13 weeks
Laboratory: for 3 hour(s) per Week for 4 weeks