Mechanics and Relativity - PHYS3210

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 4 15 (7.5) Michael Hughes checkmark-circle


In this module the mathematics of vectors and calculus are used to describe motion, the effects of forces in accordance with Newton's laws, and the relation to momentum and energy. This description is extended to rotational motion, and the force of gravity. In addition, the modern topic of special relativity is introduced.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 30
Private Study Hours: 120
Total Study Hours: 150


This is not available as an elective module choice.

Method of assessment

Problem Set 1 (4 hours) - 10%
Problem Set 2 (4 hours) - 10%
Examination (2 hours) - 80%

Indicative reading

Tipler, P. and Mosca, G. (2008) Physics for Scientists and Engineers (6th Ed.); Palgrave Macmillan

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

1 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of laws of physics for mechanics and relativity
2 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of physical quantities, their units, and typical values, for mechanics and relativity.
3 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of physical phenomena, the terminology used to describe them, and typical circumstances in which they are found to occur, for mechanics and relativity.
4 Formulate and solve problems in mechanics and special relativity.
5 Quantitatively describe and predict mechanics and special relativity phenomena using mathematics.


  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate 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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