Classical Mechanics and Special Relativity
University of Newcastle
Area of Study
Taught In English
This course replaces PHYS3290 If you have successfully completed PHYS3290 you cannot enrol in this course.
Course Level Recommendations
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Host University Units10
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3 - 4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4 - 6
Hours & Credits
Classical Mechanics is the study of mass in motion. At large speeds, the theory of relativity applies. This course provides an intermediate treatment of kinematics, oscillatory motion, Lagrangian and Hamiltonian methods. High speed limits are discussed in the context of Special Relativity.
On successful completion of the course students will be able to:
1. Knowledge and understanding of the classical laws of motion.
2. Competency in using the essential mathematical skills needed for describing mechanics and special relativity
3. Problem solving skills.
4. Laboratory-based competency.
5. An appreciation of the influence of classical mechanics and relativity on modern scientific development.
6. An interest in the role of mechanics and relativity in the everyday world
- Review of basics of motion: velocity, acceleration, Newton laws
- Motion in a uniform force field
- Oscillatory motion
- Motion in a central force field, gravitation and Kepler's laws
- Rotating coordinates and non-inertial reference frames
- Many particle motion and modes
- Rigid body motion, inertia
- Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulation
- Special relativity, Minkowski space
Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 9 Weeks
9 weeks includes introductory lab session
Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
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.