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Mathematics 0J2

Unit code: MATH19852
Credit Rating: 10
Unit level: Level 1
Teaching period(s): Semester 2
Offered by School of Mathematics
Available as a free choice unit?: N




The course unit aims to provide a basic course in mechanics for students in the Foundation Year.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding: Be familiar with mechanics as applied to static and dynamical situations.

Intellectual skills: Be able to carry out routine operations involving the topics in the syllabus.

Transferable skills and personal qualities: Have a set of tools and methods that can be applied in the courses given in the host department or in subsequent years.

Assessment methods

  • Other - 20%
  • Written exam - 80%

Assessment Further Information

Coursework 1 (week 5) Weighting within unit 10%

Coursework 2 (week 9) Weighting within unit 10%

2 hour examination (semester 2) Weighting within unit 80%


8 lectures: Dynamics I: Newton's Laws for linear motion. Concepts of mass, force, weight momentum, power, kinetic energy, work as an integral. Impulses, collisions, conservation laws, connected particle problems.

8 lectures: Dynamics II: Newton's Law for general motion in vector form. Position, velocity and acceleration vectors. Power and kinetic energy as scalar products. Free motion under uniform gravity. Motion in a circle with constant speed.

6 lectures : Statics: Forces and moments. Particles and rigid bodies under systems of coplanar forces. Laws of friction. Centre of mass.

Recommended reading

BOSTOCK, L. & CHANDLER, S. 1975. Applied mathematics. Stanley Thornes, London. (ISBN0859500195 / ISBN9780859500197)

Study hours

  • Lectures - 24 hours
  • Tutorials - 11 hours
  • Independent study hours - 65 hours

Teaching staff

John Parkinson - Unit coordinator

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