Classical Mechanics and Special Relativity

Course code PHYS2250Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Classical Mechanics is the study of mass in motion. At large speeds, the theory of relativity applies. This course provides an intermediate treatment of kinematics, oscillatory motion, Lagrangian and Hamiltonian methods. High speed limits are discussed in the context of Special Relativity.

In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory Workplace Health and Safety requirement. Students will receive full information on this compulsory course component in the course outline provided by the school.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course, students will have:

1. Knowledge and understanding of the classical laws of motion.
2. Competency in using the essential mathematical skills needed for describing mechanics and special relativity
3. Problem solving skills.
4. Laboratory-based competency.
5. An appreciation of the influence of classical mechanics and relativity on modern scientific development.
6. An interest in the role of mechanics and relativity in the everyday world
Content" Review of basics of motion: velocity, acceleration, Newton laws
" Motion in a uniform force field
" Oscillatory motion
" Motion in a central force field, gravitation and Kepler's laws
" Rotating coordinates and non-inertial reference frames
" Many particle motion and modes
" Rigid body motion, inertia
" Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulation
" Special relativity, Minkowski space
Replacing Course(s)PHYS3290 Special Relativity.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgePHYS1210, PHYS1220 and MATH1120 (or MATH1220)
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments
Examination: Formal
Laboratory Exercises
Quiz - Tutorial
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Laboratory: for 3 hour(s) per Week for 8 weeks
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Course ComponentWHS-Safety Induction or Risk Assessment. Compulsory Course Component: In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory safety induction.
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for PHYS2250