This course consists of an initial compulsory component, followed by a choice of units in the second half of the semester. This initial unit focuses on bringing the students up to speed in advanced Newtonian mechanics. The emphasis is mainly on advanced statics and follows fairly closely the textbook Principles of Mechanics by Synge and Griffith, up until the section on rotational motion. Topics include advanced material on those parts of classical mechanics that have not been emphasized in early-year courses. They include the principle of virtual work, equilibrium of rigid bodies, equilibrium of elastic continua, hydrostatics and planetary orbits. The course emphasizes calculation and problem-solving, particularly of real-world systems such as suspension bridges and the stability (or instability) of ships.
Topics available in the second half of the course include:
Car Physics - This covers general physics, using the car as a practice system. This will incorporate many areas of physics in order to understand a real-world system. Those parts of physics that are used include: rigid body mechanics and the mechanics of machines (cranks, gears, cams, valves etc); Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics; Quantum Mechanics; Acoustics; Elasticity Theory; and Fluid Mechanics (in many different regimes). The emphasis is mainly on the powertrain, with some attention paid to steering and suspension.
Gravity - This topic will discuss modern aspects of gravity including its general relativistic description, precision measurements of gravity, applications of gravity and experiments on quantum gravity. This topic will move freely between theoretical and experimental considerations of the subject.
Electronics - The topic will tie together much of the physics learnt as an undergraduate in a practical setting. It will introduce the students to electronics practice in a physics research laboratory environment. The course concentrates on the processing of analog signals. Linear circuits are reviewed before moving on to active circuits. The active circuits are primarily investigated using operational amplifiers, though simple transistor circuits are also used. Concepts such as negative feedback, dynamic range, signal to noise ratios, filtering and analog to digital conversion are explored.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:At the completion of this subject, students should have the skills and knowledge to:
1. Solve problems in the equilibrium of point or rigid bodies
2. Solve problems in elastic continua and hydrostatics
3.Solve problems in rotational motion and the orbits of planets and other celestial bodies
4. Understand, evaluate and describe the theories, concepts and principles of the current knowledge for the chosen topic.
5. Master appropriate analytical, theoretical and/or practical techniques to further their understanding and skills in the chosen topic.
Indicative AssessmentWattle quizzes/Laboratory work (40%) (LO 1-5)
Exam (60%) (LO1-5)
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WorkloadThe course will consist of lectures, tutorials and labwork, depending on the optional topic selected. Total workload (including homework and study) will be kept to 8 hours per week, with typically 3 contact hours per week.
Requisite and Incompatibility
You will need to contact the Research School of Physics and Engineering to request a permission code to enrol in this course.
Preliminary ReadingPrinciples of Mechanics by Synge and Griffith
Assumed KnowledgeStudents will be expected to have completed an undergraduate degree, with a major in Physics.
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|15 Feb 2016
|26 Feb 2016
|31 Mar 2016
|27 May 2016