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PX2015: DYNAMICAL PHENOMENA (2019-2020)

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Course Overview

Understanding oscillatory and wavelike behaviour is of huge importance in comprehending how our natural world works.  It seems that everything in nature has its own cycle, rhythm or oscillation.   From planets revolving around the sun to waves on the sea, even fundamental particles are treated as waves in modern physics.   Accessible to students with some knowledge of calculus, this course will explain the mathematics of this fascinating and important subject.  Methods of solving the differential equations that describe waves and oscillatory phenomena will be explored, including numerical techniques.



Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Alessandro Moura

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Programme Level 2

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • PX2014 Dynamical Phenomena (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

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.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • BSc Geology - Physics
  • BSc Mathematics-Physics
  • BSc Physical Sciences
  • Bachelor Of Science In Geophysics
  • Physics Joint
  • Physics Minor

Contact Teaching Time

33 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 3 Lectures during University weeks 7 - 12, 16 - 17
  • 2 Lectures during University weeks 13 - 15
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 13 - 15

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Exam

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Feedback

Discussions of the solutions to problem sheets will happen in the tutorials throughout the course. Worked solutions of all problems will be posted online. Students will also have feedback on their computer tutorial assessments.

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Formative Assessment

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Resit Assessments

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