Motion & Mechanics - PHYS0023

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 3 15 (7.5) Gavin Mountjoy checkmark-circle


Mechanics is concerned with the behaviour of physical bodies when subjected to forces or displacements. The course will introduce terminology via the topics of units, dimensions, and dimensional analysis. The motion of objects will be studied in terms of distance, velocity, and acceleration time graphs. Then the role of forces in causing motion will be studied under the topics of Newton's Laws of Motion and Friction. The relationship between forces and energy will be introduced in terms of Work and Power, which will be connected to the topics of potential energy, kinetic energy, and Conservation of energy. The topic of Linear momentum will be introduced in order to study Conservation of linear momentum. The course will then study Circular motion and Rotational systems in relation to topics such as moment of inertia and torque. The case of gravitational force will be studied to illustrate topics of force fields and potential energy in force fields.


Contact hours

Private Study: 125
Contact Hours: 25
Total: 150


Not available as an elective module.

Method of assessment

• Moodle Quiz 1 (1 hour) – 15%
• Moodle Quiz 2 (1 hour) – 15%
• Examination (2 hours) – 70%

Indicative reading

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Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of Physical laws and principles, and their application to diverse areas of physics including laws of motion, and covering the necessary mathematics.
2. Identify relevant principles and laws when dealing with problems, and to make approximations necessary to obtain solutions.
3. Solve problems in physics using appropriate mathematical tools.
4. Use mathematical techniques and analysis to model physical behaviour.
5. Present and interpret information graphically.
6. Make use of appropriate texts, or other learning resources as part of managing their own learning in diverse areas of physics.


  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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