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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Unit aim

Introduces students to physical laws and the application of these laws to the mechanics of motion.

Unit content

  1. Linear Kinematics - displacement, velocity and acceleration - vectors, uniform accelerated motion, projectiles
  2. Forces - inertia, friction, gravity, muscular, reaction - static equilibrium, free body diagrams - centre of mass, centre of pressure - moment of a force, levers and pulleys
  3. Dynamics - energy, work, power, conservation of momentum, impulse - elastic and inelastic collisions, oscillations
  4. Rotational kinematics and dynamics - analogy between linear and rotational kinematics - absolute and relative angles - torques, moment of inertia, angular acceleration, angular momentum
  5. Fluid dynamics - density, buoyancy - drag, lift, Magnus effect

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 apply factors related to linear and rotational kinematics and kinetics
2 explain the concept of forces as the source of changes in motion
3 describe the inter-relationships amongst work, energy and power
4 discuss and apply the principles of fluid dynamics
5 apply biomechanical equations to explain biomechanical relationships

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. apply factors related to linear and rotational kinematics and kinetics
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA5:
  2. explain the concept of forces as the source of changes in motion
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA5:
  3. describe the inter-relationships amongst work, energy and power
    • GA1:
    • GA2:
    • GA6:
  4. discuss and apply the principles of fluid dynamics
    • GA1:
    • GA5:
    • GA6:
  5. apply biomechanical equations to explain biomechanical relationships
    • GA1:
    • GA2:
    • GA4: