PHYSICS 3006 - Advanced Dynamics and Relativity III

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015

This course will give students a working knowledge of analytical mechanics and relativity to the standard required for further study in physics. Content will include: Mechanics: Lagrangian mechanics, variational techniques, conservation laws, Noether's theorem, small oscillations, Hamiltonian mechanics, Poisson brackets. Relativity: space-time vectors and tensors, relativistic mechanics, electrodynamics; field-strength tensor, Lienard-Wiechert potentials.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PHYSICS 3006
    Course Advanced Dynamics and Relativity III
    Coordinating Unit School of Physical Sciences
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites PHYSICS 2532, PHYSICS 2534, MATHS 2101 or MATHS 2202, MATHS 2102 or MATHS 2201
    Course Description This course will give students a working knowledge of analytical mechanics and relativity to the standard required for further study in physics.
    Content will include:
    Mechanics: Lagrangian mechanics, variational techniques, conservation laws, Noether's theorem, small oscillations, Hamiltonian mechanics, Poisson brackets. Relativity: space-time vectors and tensors, relativistic mechanics, electrodynamics; field-strength tensor, Lienard-Wiechert potentials.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Iain Reid

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. explain Lagrangian methods for problem solving, including small oscillations;
    2. explain the relation between symmetry and conservation;
    3. discuss the Hamiltonian formulation and its connection with quantum mechanics;
    4. discuss the space-time approach to relativity and four-vectors;
    5. explain relativistic kinematics and optics;
    6. discuss relativistic analytic mechanics for a particle coupled to a field;
    7. discuss covariant form of Maxwell's electromagnetic equations;
    8. recognise appropriate techniques for solving a range of problems;
    9. apply appropriate techniques to develop a solution; and
    10. assess the validity of any assumptions that were made, and the correctness of the solution.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1-10
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1-10
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1-10
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 1-10
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1-10
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1-10
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1-10
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1-10
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    Goldstein, H., C. Poole and J. Savko, Classical Mechanics 3rd ed., Addison-Wesley, 2002.

    Rindler, W., Introduction to Special Relativity, 2nd ed., OUP 1991

    Online Learning

    MyUni:    Teaching materials and course documentation will be posted on the MyUni website (http://myuni.adelaide.edu.au/).

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course will be delivered by the following means:
    Internal
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    A student enrolled in a 3 unit course, such as this, should expect to spend, on average 12 hours per week on the studies required. This includes both the formal contact time required to the course (e.g., lectures and practicals), as well as non-contact time (e.g., reading and revision).

    Learning Activities Summary
    Lagrangian Mechanics
    Oscillations
    Hamiltonian Mechanics
    Relativistic Kinematics
    Relativistic Dynamics
    Electrodynamics

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome
    Assignments & Tests Formative and Summative 40% 1-10
    Exam Summative 60% 1-10
    Assessment Detail

    Assignments and Tests: (40% of total course grade)

    The standard assessment consists of 2 projects and 2 tests/assignments. This may be varied by negotiation with students at the start of the semester. This combination of projects, tests and summative assignments is used during the semester to address understanding of and ability to use the course material and to provide students with a benchmark for their progress in the course.

    Written Examination: (60% of total course grade)

    One exam is given to address understanding of and ability to use the material.

    Poor performance in projects, assignments and/or tests may be partly redeemed in the final exam
    Submission

    Late submission
    If an extension is not applied for, or not granted then a penalty for late submission will apply.  A penalty of 10% of the value of the assignment for each calendar day that the assignment is late (i.e. weekends count as 2 days), up to a maximum of 50% of the available marks will be applied. This means that an assignment that is 5 days late or more without an approved extension can only receive a maximum of 50% of the marks available for that assignment.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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