MATH4022 Theoretical Mechanics

6 points
(see Timetable)

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Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 4 elective
  • Honours option in Mathematics and Statistics [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]
This unit provides an overview of the theoretical foundations and important results of continuum mechanics and transport phenomena (fluid mechanics, solid mechanics, heat transfer, mass transfer, electromagnetism). Also specific archetypal problems are examined to expose students to a broad variety of physical phenomena and the mathematical challenges that arise when examining such problems. Topics may include (1) fluid mechanics—lubrication problems, aerodynamic drag, gravity waves, capillarity; (2) solid mechanics—buckling, elastic waves; (3) heat transfer—two- and three-dimensional heat transfer problems in infinite, semi-infinite and finite domains; (4) mass transfer—two-phased flow problems, flow of gases, topics related to combustion; and (5) electromagnetism—wave propagation, mineral detection.
Students are able to (1) apply the techniques of momentum, energy and species balances to physical problems; (2) establish and solve the relevant governing equations in a wide variety of physical problems; and (3) understand the importance of simplifying assumptions both mathematically and physically.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignment 1 and (2) assignment 2. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Neville Fowkes
Unit rules
MATH3022 Scientific and Industrial Modelling
Contact hours
3 hours per week
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