Mathematical Concepts for Impact Studies
Newton's laws of motion
Introduction to ballistics
Categories of weapons
Overview of Forensic Ballistics
The 1968 Firearms Act (as amended)
Categorisation of firearms and ammunition
Shooting case studies
This module appears in the following module collections.
20 hours of Ballistics lectures, 2 x 3hr laboratory classes, 1 x 2hr presentation session.
This is not available as a wild module.
Method of assessment
Assessment is 100% by continual assessment consisting of 2 lab reports (20% of the module each), a presentation (20% of the module), and a 1100 word essay (40% of the module).
Understanding Firearm Ballistics, R.A. Rinker. Mulberry Hs, USA. ISBN 0-9645598-4-6
Handbook of Firearms and Ballistics, Brian Heard, Wiley Blackwell. ISBN 0470694602
Small Arms, Derek Allsop & M Toomey, Brassey's (UK) Ltd. ISBN 1857532503
See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)
Knowledge and understanding of:Newtonian mechanics relating to the flight of projectiles.
Energy considerations in ballistics.
Overview of the main stages of ballistics (internal, intermediate, external and terminal).
The 1968 Firearms Act.
How ammunition and firearms fit into the UK firearms legislation.
Applications of forensic science to ballistics.
Generic learning outcomes:
Increasing of students' general mathematical abilities.
The application of mechanics to different scenarios.
The application of law to ballistics.
Development of practical skills in ballistics.
Writing of reports for different audiences.
Development of oral presentation skills.
Development of the skills required for higher level ballistics modules.
Development of research skills and the use of scientific literature.
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