Mechanics 2 & Modern Physics

Maynooth University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Mechanics 2 & Modern Physics

  • Host University

    Maynooth University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Mathematics, Physics

  • 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

    One and two dimensional dynamics of a system of particles, including collision and impulse. Centre of mass and moment of inertia. Rotational motion: angular velocity, torque, angular momentum. Simple harmonic motion, wave phenomena. Projectile motion. Quantum Physics: Photoelectric effect, wave-particle duality, Heisenberg uncertainty principle, Bohr atom.

    Learning Outcomes:

    On successful completion of the module, students should be able to:
    -use conservation of momentum to analyse simple collision problems
    -describe and calculate the properties of systems undergoing simple harmonic motion
    -define the centre of mass for a system of particles or an extended object, and use it to -describe the motion of the system as a whole
    -apply the concepts of angular velocity, moment of inertia and torque to solve problems involving rotational motion
    -describe how the particle nature of light and the wave nature of matter manifest themselves

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

    Continuous Assessment: 20%
    University scheduled written examination: 80% (120 minutes)

    Continuous Assessment detail(s): Weekly assignments

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