Maths 2 (Mechanics)
Run by Bangor University International College
10.000 Credits or 5.000 ECTS Credits
Semester 1 & 2
Organiser: Mrs Laura McKenzie
Overall aims and purpose
1) To introduce students from a range of backgrounds to the mathematical knowledge and aptitude that they will be expected to deploy and demonstrate in their study at undergraduate level 2) To ensure that students understand and can use appropriate mathematical language and understand mathematical notation, conventions and units 3) To introduce the relationships between forces, linear motion and energy and the conditions for the static equilibrium of a body 4) To prepare students for the deployment of mathematical applications in the fields of engineering and computer science
This module provides the appropriate foundation in mathematical skills to enable students to be successful as they proceed to their planned undergraduate studies in engineering or computer science. Many students will come from educational systems where there has been a strong emphasis placed on mathematics but it cannot be assumed that this will apply more generally. It is important therefore that the module ensures the strong level of mathematics required to cope with level 4 and beyond of their engineering or computer science first degree programme. The main topics covered are: Vectors: Introduction; Cartesian components and position vectors Forces and Equilibrium: Mathematical models; the action of forces; resultant forces; resolution into components; a particle in equilibrium Relative Motion: Velocity and acceleration as vectors; Relative velocity; relative displacement Newton’s Laws of Motion: Newton’s Laws; Applications; Connected particles; Related accelerations Friction – Hooke’s Law; The Law of friction; Motion on a rough surface; Equilibrium on a rough surface; Angle of friction; Hooke’s Law Work, Energy and Power: Work and kinetic energy; Conservation of mechanical energy; Work done by a variable force; Power
Student has demonstrated sound, basic knowledge and technique in tackling many of the topics covered in the module and so shown clear suitability for undergraduate degree studies.
Student has coped sufficiently well with some aspects of the module to achieve the minimum level of pass to allow progression onto an undergraduate degree programme.
Student has performed effectively in all aspects of the module and has demonstrated a high level of suitability for and can proceed with confidence to undergraduate degree studies.
Show that they recognise that mathematical models can be used to investigate physical events
Evaluate simple problems of relative motion
Make calculations in consistent units
Apply Newton’s Laws of Motion
Apply the relationships between distance and time for linear motion
Distinguish between scalar and vector quantities giving physical examples
Apply principles of static equilibrium including limiting equilibrium
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Question paper assessing a variety of mathematical style questions.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
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The tutors in the college aim to provide a programme of study that covers relevant content material at NQF level 3. The college uses a wide variety of methods in its teaching delivery. Students will be given an opportunity to develop skills through class based lessons and tutorials, as well as other interactive methods including use of technology and student directed learning. There is an explicit attempt to raise student awareness of the need to use independent study time. We focus on the concept of independent learning from the induction stage and this is reinforced in all classes. The lessons are supported through the English language module providing an opportunity for students to build confidence and competence in using the sessions to achieve the learning outcomes of the course.
Students will have access to online resources and additional tasks set as homework or group work. Tutors will be available through blackboard and in the college to support. Students will also be encouraged to form peer to peer study groups
- Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
- Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
- Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
- Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
- Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others
Subject specific skills
- Demonstrate numeracy skills required as a basis for further studies in Economics, Financial Accounting and Management
- Develop an awareness of the relevance of physics and mathematics to the field of engineering
- Demonstrate numeracy skills required as a basis for future studies in Computing and Engineering programmes
- Demonstrate an understanding and ability to apply concepts, principles and theories underpinning physics, mathematics and computing to relevant situations
Resource implications for students
Core Text Book
Hooker, S et al (2008) Edexcel AS and A Module Mathematics: Mechanics 1 Pearson Education
Courses including this module
Compulsory in courses:
- H61B: BEng Computer Sys Engineering (4yr with Incorp Foundation) year 0 (BENG/CSE1)
- H62B: BEng Electronic Engineering (4yr with Incorp Foundation) year 0 (BENG/ELE1)
- I11B: BSc Computer Information Systems (4 year with Incorp Found) year 0 (BSC/CIS1)
- IN0B: BSc Computer Information Sys for Bus (4 year w Incorp Found) year 0 (BSC/CISB1)
- G40B: BSc Computer Science (4 year with Incorporated Foundation) year 0 (BSC/CS1)
- H64B: BSc Computer Sys Engineering (4yr with Incorp Foundation) year 0 (BSC/CSE1)
- H63B: BSc Electronic Engineering (4yr with Incorp Foundation) year 0 (BSC/ELE1)