# B27MW1 Mechanics - Heriot

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Heriot-Watt University - Module Descriptor Template (RAY)
Module Title
Mechanics and Waves
School
Engineering and Physical Sciences
Module
Co-ordinator
Physics Teaching Group Convener
SCQF
Level
7
Module
Code
B27MW
1. Pre-requisites
Pass in Higher Physics (SCQF level 6) at grade B or better, or equivalent
(specify if synoptic)
3. Excluded Modules
None
4. Replacement Module
Code:
6. Degrees for which this
is a core module
7. Aims
Semester
1
On or OffCampus
Credits
On
15
None
Date Of Replacement:
All B2 degrees
5.
Availability as an
Elective
Yes
X
No
To provide an understanding of the fundamentals of linear and rotational dynamics, including an introduction to Special Relativity.
To develop the principles of dynamics by showing a wide range of applications in engineering and science.
To assist students towards an understanding of the use of mathematical models and techniques used for describing kinematics and mechanics.
To provide an understanding of the basic principles of wave phenomena.
To develop this understanding by considering wave phenomena in a wide range of applications in mechanics, sound and light.
To assist students towards an understanding of the use of mathematical models and techniques used in Wave phenomena.
8. Syllabus
Kinematic relationships; Relativistic motion; Angular velocity and acceleration; Centripetal force; Rotational dynamics; Simple harmonic motion; Introduction to
Waves; The principle of superposition and the Doppler effect; Interference by division of amplitude; Interference by division of wavefront; Polarisation.
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Form 20
Version 3.0 (2007/2008)
Heriot-Watt University - Module Descriptor Template (RAY)
Module Title
Mechanics and Waves
School
Engineering and Physical Sciences
Module
Co-ordinator
Physics Teaching Group Convener
SCQF
Level
7
Module
Code
B27MW
Semester
1
On or OffCampus
Credits
On
15
9. Learning Outcomes (HWU Core Skills: Employability and Professional Career Readiness)
Subject Mastery
Understanding, Knowledge and Cognitive Skills
Scholarship, Enquiry and Research (Research-Informed Learning)
Students should be able to apply basic calculus to derive equations of motion describing:
Linear kinematics; Rotational kinematics; Simple Harmonic Motion; Wave behaviour.
Students should have an awareness of special relativistic effects and their effects on the mass and energy of a moving object.
Students should be able to understand and apply mathematical descriptions of physical processes and relationships relating to:
Linear dynamics; Relativistic dynamics; Rotational dynamics; Simple-harmonic motion; The Doppler effect; Interference by division of
amplitude; Interference by division of wavefront; Polarisation of electromagnetic waves.
Students should be able to interpret a physical problem in mechanics and waves, and formulate a solution to this problem by using mathematical
methods where necessary.
Personal Abilities
Industrial, Commercial &amp; Professional Practice
Autonomy, Accountability &amp; Working with Others
Communication, Numeracy &amp; ICT
Students should develop abilities to:
Critically evaluate a problem; Plan and organise their work; Review and evaluate academic materials; Express and interpret physical
data graphically; Solve problems mathematically.
Take an interest in current developments in, and applications of, physics; Make critical and evaluative comment; Understand that physics
is a changing subject; Think independently about the subject.
Make effective use of online learning support materials; Make effective use of the support of academic and tutorial support staff;
Organise their study time in a way that allows them to meet coursework submission deadlines and prepare effectively for assessments
10. Assessment Methods
Method
11. Re-assessment Methods
Duration of Exam
Weighting (%)
Synoptic modules?
Method
(if applicable)
Examination
Coursework
2 hours
N/A
Duration of Exam
(if applicable)
70
30
None
None
Examination (100%)
2 hours
12. Date and Version
Date of Proposal
6 December 2007
Date of Approval by
School Committee
Date of
Implementation
Version
Number
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