Module Specifications..
Current Academic Year 2023  2024
Please note that this information is subject to change.
 
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Description This module lays a broad foundation in mechanics. No prior knowledge of physics is assumed. Topics include: units; scientific notation; significant figures; scalars; vectors; displacement; speed; velocity; constant acceleration, equations of motion; Newton’s laws of motion; friction, tension; uniform circular motion, including centripetal force, Kepler’s Laws & satellite motion; work; workenergy theorem, gravitational potential energy; mechanical power, impulse and momentum; conservation of linear momentum; ballistic pendulum; equilibrium of a rigid body, centre of gravity; fluids.  
Learning Outcomes 1. Discuss basic concepts relating to the physics of mechanics 2. Solve numerical problems in mechanics. 3. Explain the physical principles which underpin the relevant experiments in the lab modules 4. Analyse physical situations using concepts, laws and techniques in mechanics 5. Relate the physical principles of mechanics to topics covered in other modules.  
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
Units and Measurement units; scientific notation; significant figures; scalars; vectors 1D and 2D Motion displacement; speed; velocity; constant acceleration,equations of motion; Newton’s laws of motion; friction, tension Circular Motion uniform circular motion, including centripetal force, Kepler’s Laws & satellite motion Work, Energy and Power work; workenergy theorem, gravitational potential energy; mechanical power, Impulse and momentum impulse and momentum; conservation of linear momentum; ballistic pendulum; Equilibrium and fluids equilibrium of a rigid body, centre of gravity; fluids.  
 
Indicative Reading List
 
Other Resources 0, Simulations, 0, Phet simulations, https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulations /, 0, Website, 0, https://openstax.org/details/books/collegephysics, https://openstax.org/details/books/collegephysics,  
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