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# Classical Physics

4CCP1200

4

Autumn

30

## Module description

Module Description

An indicative list of topics covered by this module, but which may change slightly from year to year, is given by:

• Introduction to classical mechanics: Newton's Laws, parabolic motion, friction, inertial frames
• Simple Harmonic Motion (SHM): forced SHM and resonance, energy, damping, Q values and power response curves, coupled SHM
• Energy and Work
• Linear momentum
• Gravitational potential and orbits
• Many body mechanics: rigid motion, spin torque, angular momentum
• Electrostatics: Moving charges, dipole radiation
• LCR circuits. Geometrical optics (multi-lens systems)
• Wave description in 1-D: Standing Waves, phase and group velocity, beats, dispersion, interference and diffraction.

Learning aims & outcomes

To introduce the student to basic concepts and methods of calculation for Classical Physics.

At the end of the module, students should be able to:

• Carry out kinematics calculations for point particles using Newtons laws and conservation principles.
• Carry out basic kinematics calculations for extended rigid objects using torques and angular momentum conservation principles.
• Describe the gravitational and electrostatic forces between matter.
• Describe oscillating systems using a mathematical formalism based on trigonometric functions and complex numbers
• Explain how oscillating charges give rise to electromagnetic radiation.
• Use the mathematical description of wave motion to elucidate interference, diffraction and distinguishing group and phase velocity.
• Construct Ray diagrams for multi-element optical systems.

## Assessment details

Written three hour exam (May/June) - Paper 90%

Coursework (Weekly Problem Sheets) 10%