Classical Mechanics and Special Relativity

Description

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.

Availability

Callaghan Campus

  • Semester 1 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

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)

This course replaces the following course(s): PHYS3290. Students who have successfully completed PHYS3290 are not eligible to enrol in PHYS2250.

Assumed Knowledge

PHYS1210, PHYS1220 and MATH1120 (or MATH1220)

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Written Assignments (x5)

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Laboratories (x4)

Formal Examination: Final exam

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Laboratory: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions. - In order to participate in this course students must complete a compulsory safety induction.

Contact Hours

Laboratory

Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 8 Weeks

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term