Classical Mechanics and Special Relativity
Available in 2012
|Callaghan Campus||Semester 1|
Previously offered in 2013, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008
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.
On 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
" 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
PHYS3290 Special Relativity.
PHYS1210, PHYS1220 and MATH1120 (or MATH1220)
Modes of Delivery
Lecture: 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