Course Title: Aerospace Physics 2

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2012

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

Gordon Flynn
Room 705A, Bld 51
Phone: 99250296, email:

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

Aerospace Physics 2

Week        Date                               Topics to be covered    and  assessment                                                                                   
1            9-July             Circular motion. Angular and linear quantities. Centripetal acceleration
2            16-July             Rotation of rigid body. Moment of inertia. Torque
3            23-July             Rolling motion. Work and energy. Angular momentum
4              30-July             Exp 1: Centripetal Force
5              6-Aug             Heat. Temperature. Specific heats. Expansion of solids 
6            13-Aug             Phase changes and Latent heats 
 7           20-Aug             Exp 2: Specific Heat
8            27-Aug             Revision
9             3-Sept             Test 1 (30%)
10        09-Sept              Ideal gases and the Gas Laws
11        17-Sept              Ideal gases and the Gas Laws
12        24-Sept              Laws of thermodynamics. Heat engines
13            1-Oct               Simple Harmonic Motion: Pendulum. Mass-spring system
14          08-Oct              Simple Harmonic Motion: Pendulum. Mass-spring system
15          15-Oct              Waves: Basic properties, Doppler Effect
16          22-Oct               Exp 3: Spring
17          29-Oct               Revision
18                         Final Exam Period  


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Notes and exercises will be provided.


Other Resources

Students will be provided with lecture notes and exercise books.

Students are expected to bring a scientific 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.  Centripetal Force

2.  Specific Heat Capacity

3.  Springs

Assessment Matrix

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