This module introduces mathematical modelling and Newtonian mechanics. Tutorials and Maple worksheets will be used to support taught material.
The modelling cycle: General description with examples; Newton's law of cooling; population growth (Malthusian and logistic models); simple reaction kinetics (unimolecular and bimolecular reactions); dimensional consistency
Motion of a body: frames of reference; a particle's position vector and its time derivatives (velocity and acceleration) in Cartesian coordinates; mass, momentum and centre of mass; Newton's laws of motion; linear springs; gravitational acceleration and the pendulum; projectile motion
Orbital motion: Newton's law of gravitation; position, velocity and acceleration in plane polar coordinates; planetary motion and Kepler's laws.
Total contact hours: 49
Private study hours: 101
Total study hours: 150
Method of assessment
80% examination and 20% coursework.
C. D. Collinson and T. Roper, Particle Mechanics, Butterworth-Heinemann, 1995
J. Berry and K. Houston, Mathematical Modelling, Butterworth-Heinemann, 1995
See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)
The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1 demonstrate knowledge of the underlying concepts and principles associated with simple ODE-based mathematical models;
2 demonstrate the capability to make sound judgements in accordance with the basic theories and concepts in the following areas, whilst demonstrating a reasonable level
of skill in calculation and manipulation of the material: the modelling cycle, simple models of growth and decay processes, basic Newtonian mechanics, orbital motion;
3 apply the underlying concepts and principles associated with mathematical modelling in several well-defined contexts, showing an ability to evaluate the appropriateness
of different approaches to solving problems in this area;
4 make appropriate use of Maple.
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