Mathematics 3Q: Mechanics

University of Glasgow

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Mathematics 3Q: Mechanics

  • Host University

    University of Glasgow

  • Location

    Glasgow, Scotland

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Maths 2A, 2B and 2D at grade D3 or above.
    Combined GPA of 9.0 or above on the three courses Maths 2C, Maths 2E and Maths 2F.

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Scotcat Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    2.5 - 3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Short Description
    The aim of this course is to study the motion of a single particle, including central forces, conservation of energy and motion relative to a rotating frame of reference.

    100% on degree examination.
    Main Assessment In: April/May

    Course Aims
    The aim of this course is to extend the work on the basic two-dimensional motion of particles covered in Mathematics 2C. Topics covered are:
    4. Conservative forces.
    5. Motion under the action of a central force.
    6. Motion relative to a rotating frame of referenece.
    Intended Learning Outcomes of Course
    By the end of this course students will be able to:

    1. Apply Newton's second law to the case of a central force; proving motion is planar and that energy and angular momentum are conserved.
    2. Solve for particle motion under the action of a central force using either conservation of energy or by solving for the particle path.
    3. Determine whether a circular orbit is stable.
    4. Establish whether a force is conservative, and when it is, determine the corresponding potential.
    5. Use conservation of energy to solve for particle motion under the action of a conservative force.
    6. Solve for particle motion measured with respect to a rotating frame of reference.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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