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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Mechanics (NUIG)
Module Code PS470G
School School of Physical Sciences
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Eilish McLoughlin
Semester 2: Eilish McLoughlin
Autumn: Eilish McLoughlin
Module TeachersEilish McLoughlin
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only
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; work-energy 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.



Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture242 hours of asychronous lectures per week accessed as pre-recorded videos
Online activity242 hours of scheduled synchronous online activities per week.
Tutorial24Student learning support facilitated through small-group tutorials with flexible provision.
Independent Study53Student self directed learning
Total Workload: 125

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

1-D and 2-D 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; work-energy 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.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Completion of online activitySolve mechanics problem based on mathematical/quantitative aspects of module concepts.100%As required
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Young and Freedman: 2020, University Physics with Modern Physics, 15 Ed.,, https://www.pearson.com/us/higher-education/program/Young-Modified-Mastering-Physics-with-Pearson-e-Text-Standalone- Access-Card-for-University-Physics-with-Modern-Physics-15th-Edition/PGM2485469.html,
  • Eugenia Etkina, Gorazd Planinsic and Alan Van Heuvelen: 2019, College Physics: Explore and Apply,, 2nd Ed. [ISBN: 978- 01346018],
Other Resources

0, Simulations, 0, Phet simulations, https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulations /, 0, Website, 0, https://openstax.org/details/books/college-physics, https://openstax.org/details/books/college-physics,
Programme or List of Programmes
PDITPProfessional Diploma in Teaching Physics
SMPSCSingle Module Prof. Science and Health
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