PHYSICS 2532 - Classical Physics II
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2022
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 Y Prerequisites PHYSICS 1100, PHYSICS 1200, MATHS 2101 or MATHS 2106, MATHS 2102 - Other students may apply to Head of Physics for exemption Course Description Static equilibrium and dynamics, rotating reference frames, Kepler?s Laws for planetary systems, satellites and comets; orbits for interplanetary space travel, scattering in central force fields, trajectories of near-Earth meteorites. Thermodynamics of interacting systems, including the first and second laws of thermodynamics, concepts of equilibrium and entropy, and applications
Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Ross Young
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 and discuss its relevance to the second law of thermodynamics; 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;
- use the tools, methodologies, language and conventions of physics to test and communicate ideas and explanations.
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)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
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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’)
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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
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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.
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50% to 85%. This summative assessment activity comprehensively addresses the learning objectives.
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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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