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Business, Engineering and Technology
On-campus block of classes
The module highlights the significance of understanding various types of motions that are encountered in our planet. It reinforces this understanding by introducing the students to Newton’s laws of motion and how these laws can be applied to particle dynamics and to particles in equilibrium. The emphasis is on friction and how frictional forces inhibit the motion. In addition the module covers an aspect of energy conservation with relative to objects in linear and rotational motion. It also explains the governing principles in the areas of Thermodynamics, with emphasis on the First law of Thermodynamics.
On completion of the module, students will be expected to be able to:
|1||Understand the relevance of Algebra in Physics|
|2||Determine suitable equations essential to analysing various forms of motion|
|3||Apply Newton’s laws of motion to solve dynamics problems|
|4||Derive and apply equations relevant to conservation of energy|
|5||Apply appropriate methods required to analyse cases involving momentum and collisions|
|6||Develop an understanding of the principles governing oscillations and waves in Physics|
|7||Understand the relevance of the first law of Thermodynamics in heat transfer|
Coursework assessment: 40%
The module introduces the students to elementary principles of mechanics, machine dynamics and Thermodynamics. It also provides the students with proficiency in laboratory techniques that are essential for conducting experiments, recording and interpreting the results accurately so that they can be communicated effectively in well written and presentable reports. There will be a combination of lectures, that will include interactive elements, tutorial work that will be done on an individual basis and experimental work to be done in the laboratory. All outcomes will be assessed by means of tutorials, class tests and a final examination.
Ms Dianne Schubert
Basic Mathematical Concepts