Vectors and Mechanics - MAST3002

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2022 to 2023
Spring Term 3 15 (7.5) Tom Bennett checkmark-circle


Vectors: Vectors in two and three dimensions. Magnitude and direction. Algebraic operations involving vectors and their geometrical interpretations including the scalar product between two vectors. Use vectors to solve simple problems in pure mathematics and applications.

Kinematics: Fundamental and derived quantities and units in the S.I. system. Position, displacement, distance travelled, velocity, speed, acceleration. Constant acceleration for motion in one and two dimensions. Motion under gravity in a vertical plane. Projectiles. Use of calculus for motion in a straight line.

Forces and Newton's Laws: Newton’s laws of motion applied to simple models of single and coupled bodies.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 44
Private study hours: 106
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

80% examination, 20% coursework

Indicative reading

MEI Mechanics 1 3rd Edition: Bk. 1 (MEI Structured Mathematics (A+AS Level)) (2004), P. Bryden

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1 demonstrate understanding of the basic body of knowledge associated with vectors, introductory kinematics and forces and Newton's laws;
2 demonstrate the capability to solve problems in accordance with the basic theories and concepts in the following areas, demonstrating a reasonable level of skill in
calculation and manipulation of the material: vectors, kinematics, forces and the application of Newton's laws;
3 apply the basic techniques associated with vectors and elementary mechanics in several well-defined contexts;
4 demonstrate a mathematical proficiency suitable for stage 1 entry.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Demonstrate an increased ability to:
1 manage their own learning and make use of appropriate resources;
2 understand logical arguments, identifying the assumptions made and the conclusions drawn;
3 communicate straightforward arguments and conclusions reasonably accurately and clearly;
4 manage their time and use their organisational skills to plan and implement efficient and effective modes of working;
5 solve problems relating to qualitative and quantitative information.
6 demonstrate an increased level of skill in numeracy and computation.


  1. Credit level 3. Foundation level module taken in preparation for a degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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