Unit description

Introduces students to the fundamentals of motion of particles and rigid bodies in a plane under the action of kinematic constraints, forces, couples and impacts. Students undertake individual modelling and analysis of mechanical examples and work in small groups on laboratory experiments.

Unit content

1. Plane rectilinear and curvilinear motion of a particle

2. Relative motion

3. Dynamics of particles

4. Orbital mechanics

5. Work, kinetic and potential energy

6. Impulse, linear momentum and impact

7. Planar kinematics of rigid bodies

8. Planar dynamics of rigid bodies

9. Work-energy principle for rigid bodies

10. Impulse-momentum principle for rigid bodies

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.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


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Fee information


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