Module Details

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Title CLASSICAL MECHANICS
Code MATH228
Coordinator Dr PEL Rakow
Mathematical Sciences
Rakow@liverpool.ac.uk
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2023-24 Level 5 FHEQ Second Semester 15

Aims

To provide an understanding of the principles of Classical Mechanics and their application to dynamical systems.


Learning Outcomes

(LO1) To understand the variational principles, Lagrangian mechanics, Hamiltonian mechanics.

(LO2) To be able to use Newtonian gravity and Kepler's laws to perform the calculations of the orbits of satellites, comets and planetary motions.

(LO3) To understand the motion relative to a rotating frame, Coriolis and centripetal forces, motion under gravity over the Earth's surface.

(LO4) To understand the connection between symmetry and conservation laws.

(LO5) To be able to work with inertial and non-inertial frames.

(S1) Applying mathematics to physical problems

(S2) Problem solving skills


Syllabus

 

Foundations of classical mechanics: Newton's laws of motion, inertial and non-inertial reference frames, energy principles. Applications to simple dynamical systems under various force systems Newton's law of gravitation and its application to motions of planetary bodies and the orbits of satellites. Motion relative to a rotating frame, coriolis and centripetal forces, motion under gravity over the earth's surface,. Rigid body dynamics: centre of mass, angular velocity and momentum principles. Plane motions of laminae, simple 3-dimensional rigid body motions with reference to practical examples such as the orbiting space station, and the axis of rotation of the earth.


Recommended Texts

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Pre-requisites before taking this module (other modules and/or general educational/academic requirements):

MATH101 Calculus I 2022-23; MATH102 CALCULUS II 2022-23; MATH103 Introduction to Linear Algebra 2022-23 

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Assessment

EXAM Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
Final assessment  90    50       
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
Class test  60    50