Course Title: Aerospace Physics 2

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2010

Course Code: ONPS5100

Course Title: Aerospace Physics 2

School: 155T Life & Physical Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6011 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering (Aerospace)

Course Contact : Alex Malikotsinas

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4714

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Annette Atkinson

9925 4515

Nominal Hours: 40

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

MATH5156 Mathematics 1
ONPS5098 Physics 1
MATH5158 Mathematics 2

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to provide training in physics, which underpins the more advanced training required for employment as a para-professional technician.
Areas covered in this course include:
• Circular motion
• Orbital motion
• Rotational motion
• Oscillation
• Thermodynamics
• Wave motion-light and sound.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VBH157 Aerospace Physics 2

Learning Outcomes

1. Discuss circular motion and solve problems involving uniform circular motion (UCM).
2. Discuss orbital motion and solve problems involving orbital motion.
3. Discuss rotational motion and solve problems involving rotational motion.
4. Discuss oscillation and solve problems involving simple harmonic motion (SHM).
5. Discuss the pressure-volume-temperature relationship in gases and solve problems relating to temperature and gases.
6. Discuss thermodynamics with regard to heat and matter and solve related problems.
7. Discuss the Laws of Thermodynamics and their application and perform related calculations.
8. Discuss the electromagnetic and sound wave phenomena and solve related problems

Details of Learning Activities

The students will partake in a series of lectures, tutorials and practical laboratory sessions.

Teaching Schedule





       Topics to be covered and assessment
1 8 FebCircular motion. Angular and linear displacement, velocity and acceleration. Centripetal acceleration
2 15 FebExperiment 1: Uniform circular motion
3 22 FebRotation of a rigid body. Moment of inertia. Torque
4 1 MarchRolling motion. Work and energy. Angular momentum
5 8 MarchHeat. Temperature. Specific heat. Expansion of solids
 6 15 March Phase changes and Latent heat
 7 22 March Experiment 2 Specific Heat
 8  29 March Ideal gases and the Gas Laws
 9  5 April          Holiday
 10 12 April         Revision
 11 19 April         Test 1
 12  26 April Laws of thermodynamics. Heat engines
 13 3 May Simple Harmonic Motion: displacement, velocity and acceleration
 14 12 May Simple Harmonic Motion. Pendulum. Mass-spring system
 15 17 May Experiment 3: Springs
 16 24 May Waves: Basic properties, Doppler Effect
 17 31 May        Revision
 18 7 June        Exam Period
 19  14 June        Exam Period





Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Notes and exercises will be provided.


Other Resources

Students will be provided with lecture notes and problem sheets.

Students are expected to bring a scientific or graphics calculator to every class.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment consists of:
• Three practicals worth 30%
• Test worth 30%
• Exam worth 40%.

Assessment Tasks

The test and exam will contain multiple choice and short answer questions based on the theory covered in the classes.

The Practicals are as follows:

1.  Uniform circular motion

2.  Specific Heat

3.  Springs

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

This course guide is subject to changes if necessary, and such changes will be communicated to students in class and on the Learning Hub.

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