PHYSICS 3006 - Advanced Dynamics and Relativity III
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2016
General Course Information
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 Coordinator: Professor Anthony Williams
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
- explain Lagrangian methods for problem solving, including small oscillations;
- explain the relation between symmetry and conservation;
- discuss the Hamiltonian formulation and its connection with quantum mechanics;
- discuss the space-time approach to relativity and four-vectors;
- explain relativistic kinematics and optics;
- discuss relativistic analytic mechanics for a particle coupled to a field;
- discuss covariant form of Maxwell's electromagnetic equations;
- recognise appropriate techniques for solving a range of problems;
- apply appropriate techniques to develop a solution; and
- 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) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1-10 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
1-10 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
Goldstein, H., C. Poole and J. Savko, Classical Mechanics 3rd ed., Addison-Wesley, 2002.
Rindler, W., Introduction to Special Relativity, 2nd ed., OUP 1991
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Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course will be delivered by the following means:
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 SummaryLagrangian Mechanics
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Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome Assignments & Tests Formative and Summative 40% 1-10 Exam Summative 60% 1-10
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
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.
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
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