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PX 2015
DYNAMICAL PHENOMENA
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Alessandro Moura

Pre-requisite(s): PX 1014, (MA 1005, MA 1006, MA 1508 or MA 1007 and MA 1507).

This course is an introduction to physical phenomena that depend on time, with
emphasis on oscillatory and wavelike behaviour. The concept of a second order linear system will be used to unify the treatment of mechanical and electrical phenomena, and to introduce simple harmonic oscillators, damped oscillators and resonance. Wave motion will be used to introduce the ideas behind Fourier transforms. The Matlab software platform will be introduced as a means learning basic techniques of scientific programming, and of finding numerical solutions for differential equations.

3 one-hour lectures (Mon, Thur, Fri at 12), with tutorial sessions (to be arranged) throughout the course.

1st Attempt: 1 two-hour examination (75%) and in-course assessment (25%). A pass in this course requires a score of CAS 9 or higher in the in-course assessment.

Resit: 1 two-hour examination (75%) and in-course assessment (25%). A pass in this course requires a score of CAS 9 or higher in the in-course assessment.