PHYSICS 2532 - Classical Physics II
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015
General Course Information
Course Code PHYSICS 2532 Course Classical Physics II 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 N Prerequisites PHYSICS 1100, PHYSICS 1200, MATHS 2101 or MATHS 2201, MATHS 2102 or MATHS 2202 - Other students may apply to Head of Physics for exemption Course Description This course extends the level I introduction to thermal physics and mechanics. Classical Mechanics: torque, couples, equivalent systems; static equilibrium; friction; Newtonian mechanics - motion of a particle; oscillations - damped, resonant, forced, transfer functions; central forces; gravitational systems; Keplers Laws; scattering; non-inertial reference frames.
Thermodynamics - equilibrium, 1st and 2nd laws, entropy, cyclic thermodynamic processes, applications.
Course Coordinator: Professor Peter Veitch
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
- recognise that Newtonian mechanics provides models of the mechanical behaviour of objects;
- state the conservation principles involving momentum, angular momentum and energy and understand that they follow from the fundamental equations of motion;
- analyse the dynamics of a range of systems, and understand the concept of impending motion;
- demonstrate an understanding of Newtonian gravitational fields and central forces and their effects;
- analyse the dynamics of particles in rotating non-inertial reference frames using appropriate fictitious forces;
- demonstrate knowledge and understanding of basic concepts of thermodymanics;
- explain the concept of entropy in terms of the multiplicity of a macrostate and discuss its relevance to the second law of thermodynamics and to the concepts of temperature and pressure;
- perform calculations of entropy changes during thermodynamic processes;
- describe the operation of ideal and real heat engines and refrigerators and discuss their efficiency;
- choose principles and mathematical methods suitable for the treatment of a given problem;
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. 3, 5, 10 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 3-6, 8-10 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 2–10 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 10 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 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
Schroeder, D. V. (2000) An Introduction to Thermal Physics (Addison Wesley Longman)
Fowles, G.R. and Cassidy, G. L. (1999) Analytical Mechanics 6th ed. (Saunders)
Thornton, S.T. and Marion, J.B. (2008) Classical Dynamics of Particles and Systems (Thomson)
(can also be used for ‘Advanced Dynamics and Relativity III’)
Riedi, P.C. (1988) Thermal Physics, 2nd ed., (OUP, Oxford)
Pippard, A.B. (1960) Classical Thermodynamics (Cambridge, London)
Morse, P. M. (1969) Thermal Physics (Benjamin, NY)
Carrington G. (1994) Basic Thermodynamics, (OUP)
Arya, A.P. (1990) Introduction to Classical Mechanics, (Allyn and Bacon).
Synge, J. L. and Griffith (1959) B. A., Principles of Mechanics, (McGraw-Hill)
Symons, K. R. (1960) Mechanics, 2nd ed. (Addison-Wesley)
Taylor, E. F. (1963) Introductory Mechanics (Wiley)
French, A. P. (1971) Newtonian Mechanics (Norton)
Goldstein, H. (1980) Classical Mechanics, (Addison-Wesley)
Gregory, R.D. (2006) Classical Mechanics (Cambridge University Press)
(can also be used for ‘Advanced Dynamics and Relativity III’)
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:
- Lectures 36 x 50-minute sessions with three sessions per week
- Tutorials 11 x 50-minute sessions with one session per week
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
The course content will include the following:
- Thermodynamics (33%)
- Energy in thermodynamics: thermodynamic equilibrium; ideal gases; equipartition of energy; heat and work; heat capacity; enthalpy.
- The second law including application to the Einstein solid and ideal gas.
- Interactions and their consequences: entropy, temperature, pressure and chemical potential.
- Applications of classical thermodynamics: ideal and eral heat engines and refrigerators; free energy and chemical thermodynamics.
- Classical Mechanics (67%)
- Torque, couples, equivalent systems
- Static equilibrium
- Friction: static and dynamic
- Newtonian mechanics: motion of a particle
- Oscillations: damped, resonant, driven, transfer functions
- Central forces
- Gravitational systems
- Kepler’s Laws of planetary and satellite motion
- Non-inertial reference frames
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Assessment task Type of assessment Percentage of total assessment for grading purposes Hurdle (Yes/No) Outcomes being assessed Tests Formative & Summative Min 10% - Max 40% No 1-10 Tutorial preparation Formative & Summative Min 5% - Max 10% No 1-10 Final exam Summative Min 50% - Max 85% Yes (40%) 1-10
Assessment Related Requirements
To obtain a grade of Pass or better in this course, a student must attend the examination and achieve at least 40% in the final exam.
2 x 50 minute, closed-book tests taken during the semester, which have a formative and summative role and address essential aspects of the learning objectives. Tests can contribute up to 40% to the final assessment, but may be partly redeemed in the final exam.
To maximise the benefit of tutorials, students are required to submit their answers before the tutorial. Assessment is based on effort rather than correctness, this task has a formative and summative role. Tutorial preparation contributes from 5% to 10%.
50% to 85%. This summative assessment activity comprehensively addresses the learning objectives.
Submission of Assigned Work
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Extensions of deadlines for assessment tasks may be allowed for reasonable causes. Such situations would include compassionate and medical grounds of the severity that would justify the awarding of a replacement examination. Evidence for the grounds must be provided when an extension is requested. Students are required to apply for an extension to the Course Coordinator before the assessment task is due. Extensions will not be provided on the grounds of poor prioritising of time.
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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 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 or more late without an approved extension can only receive a maximum of 50% of the mark.
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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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