Syllabus - MP102 What Is This Course?: This is an honours level course in Mathematical Physics. The main topics covered are various applications of Newton's Laws of Motion. Some applications of mathematical modelling to other physical and biological sciences are also covered.

Who Can Take This Course?: The subject begins from scratch so that no previous exposure to Applied Mathematics is assumed. However, an aptitude for Mathematics or Applied Mathematics is recommended. The minimum entry requirements are a C3 in Mathematics/Applied Mathematics (Higher Level) or A2 in Mathematics/Applied Mathematics (Lower Level) in the Leaving Certificate.

Lecture Info: The course consists of approximately 100 lectures with 4 hours per week. The course coincides with AM100 together with two hours per week of more advanced material in the second semester.

The AM100 Topics covered include:
Kinematics and One Dimensional Motion
Newton's Laws
Vectors and Motion in Three Dimensions
Projectile Motion
Conservation of Momentum
Work and Energy
Circular Motion
Simple Harmonic Motion
Structures and Equilibrium
The Vector Product amd Moments
Differential Equations
Centre Mass
Moments of Inertia

The Honors Topics covered include:
Central Forces and Planetary Motion
Forced and Damped Simple Harmonic Motion
Rigid Body Motion

Recommended texts:
Introducing Mechanics, Jefferson,B. and Beadsworth, T., Publisher Oxford University Press.
Further Mechanics, Jefferson,B. and Beadsworth, T., Publisher Oxford University Press.
Mechanics (AEB Mathematics for AS and A-level). Publisher Heinemann.
Further Mechanics (AEB Mathematics for AS and A-level). Publisher Heinemann.

Copies of these books are also available in the library on restricted and long-term loan


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