Module Specifications..
Current Academic Year 2023  2024
Please note that this information is subject to change.
 
Repeat examination Semester One Examination Resits in August 

Description This course is designed to give the student an introduction into the fundamentals of (Newtonian) mechanics and rotational dynamics. These topics are fundamental to further studies in a wide range of areas of physics. The course is a combination of conceptual understanding and numerical problemsolving.  
Learning Outcomes 1. Describe and discuss qualitatively the main physical concepts in the areas of Mechanics 2. Use mathematics, including algebra, geometry, trigonometry and basic calculus (mainly differentiation) in describing appropriate aspects of mechanics. 3. Solve basic problems on the topics above using the various mathematical techniques above. 4. Utilise and leverage knowledge and techniques covered in earlier parts of the course to describe both qualitatively and mathematically and tackle problems in topics covered in later parts (e.g. confidently use vector analysis in later parts of the course)  
All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml 

Indicative Content and Learning Activities
Lecture Series: Units, physical quantities & vectors SI units, physical quantities, scalars and vectors Lecture Series: Motion along a straight line Displacement, velocity and acceleration. Motion with constant acceleration. Motion under gravity. Lecture Series: Motion in 2 or 3 dimensions Using vectors to represent 2 or 3 dimensional motion. Projectile motion and circular motion. Lecture Series: Newton’s Laws & applications Force as a vector.Force, mass and acceleration. Free body diagrams. Friction, forces and acceleration. Lecture Series: Work and kinetic energy Work done by a force. Kinetic energy and motion. Force and power. Lecture Series: Potential energy & conservation Gravitational potential energy. Elastic energy and springs. Conservative and nonconservative forces Lecture Series: Momentum, Impulse & collisions Momentum and impulse. Conservation of momentum. Elastic and inelastic collisions. Lecture Series: Rotation of rigid bodies Angular motion, momentum and acceleration. Relation to linear quantities. Moment of inertia and torque. Learning Activities The main learning activities are attending lectures and the related learning activity of solving numerical and other problems related to the topics covered. Students are expected to attend lectures and tutorials and to prepare for both by appropriate study (including the use of online Loop resources provided and textbooks) and thus be able to engage fully in discussions and other interactions, such as live polling of conceptual understanding in lectures and tutorials. Students are further expected to prepare for inclass and other tests and end of module examinations via study and, as needed, discussion with the lecturer. Each section of the course is supported by Pearson's Mastering Physics Virtual Learning Environment. In particular, students complete a Dynamic Study Module related to each section of the course which can adapt to their learning requirements and identify gaps in their conceptual understanding of the subject matter. Numerical problem solving skills are supported by a YouTube channel which features extra tutorial questions with full worked solutions which can be found at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCC6YwqJ3XvEi6i8CplB8D_Q  
 
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