Mechanics 1 & Special Relativity

Maynooth University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Mechanics 1 & Special Relativity

  • Host University

    Maynooth University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Linear kinematics and dynamics of a particle and of a system of particles. Principles of momentum and energy. Particle dynamics in more than one dimension. Vector methods. Motion in a circle, motion under constant gravity. Conservative and Non conservative forces. Work and potential energy. Motion under a central force.Introduction to special relativity: Postulates of special relativity, Lorentz transformations, spacetime, time dilation, length contraction, Doppler shift.

    Learning Outcomes:

    On successful completion of the module, students should be able to:
    -apply the concepts of velocity and acceleration to solving problems in kinetics
    -carry out basic vector algebra operations including dot and cross products
    -make appropriate use of vectors in the description of physical quantities
    -calculate the properties of particles interacting via conservative and non-conservative forces
    -formulate and solve problems involving conservative forces and energy conservation
    -describe the basic concepts of special relativity and apply them to solving problems involving time dilation and space contraction

    Teaching & Learning methods:
    36 lecture hours, 12 tutorial hours

    Continuous Assessment: 20%
    University scheduled written examination: 80%

    Continuous Assessment detail(s): Weekly assignments

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

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Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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