EE1.el3  Electronics 3: mechanics & acoustics (EEE1023)

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This is the EE1.el3 Electronics 3 website where you'll find information about lectures, books, exercises, exam papers, links and other sources of help.

Semester 2 (Spring) timetable

As in your timetables, the lectures are on Thursdays at 12pm in 01-AC-01 and Fridays at 9am in 04-AZ-01. There is also an occasional slot used on Tuesdays at 12pm in LT-F. The lecturers are Prof Karen Kirkby (KK, orange) and Dr Philip Jackson (PJ, yellow), who is the module coordinator.

 Week    Date    Lectures   Coursework 
  1    Feb 6   L. 1 (Thu) L. 2 (Fri)    TPAS 4   
  2    Feb 13   L. 3 (Thu) L. 4 (Fri)    TPAS 4   
  3    Feb 20   L. 5 (Thu) L. 6 (Fri)    TPAS 4   
  4    Feb 27   L. 7 (Thu) L. 8 (Fri)    TPAS 5   
  5    Mar 5   L. 9 (Thu) L.10 (Fri)    TPAS 5   
  6    Mar 12 L.11 (Tue)        TPAS 5   
  7    Mar 19   L.12 (TBC) L.13 (TBC)    TPAS 5   
  8    Mar 26 L.14 (Tue) L.15 (Thu) L.16 (Fri)    TPAS 6   
  -    Easter break
  9    Apr 30   L.17 (Thu) L.18 (Fri)    TPAS 6   
  10   May 7   L.19 (Thu) L.20 (Fri)    TPAS 6   
  11   May 14   L.21 (Thu) L.22 (Fri)      

Slides and links

This module homepage also has a mirror under my personal homepage.

There are some exercises here for you to do in your own time, so you can make sure you are digesting and understanding the material from the lectures.

There is information about past exam papers relevant for this module.

Semester 2 (Spring)

Semester 1 (Autumn)

  • Week 1:
    • Slides on quantities, units and dimensions, s01el3.pdf (on campus only)
  • Week 2:
  • Week 3:
    • Slides on static forces and equilibrium, s03el3.pdf (on campus only)
  • Week 4:
    • Slides on motion of a particle, s04el3.pdf (on campus only)
  • Week 5:
    • Slides on laws of motion, s05el3.pdf (on campus only)
  • Week 6:
  • Week 7:
    • Glossary of mechanics terminology, glossary.pdf (on campus only)
  • Week 8:
  • Week 9:
    • Slides on motion of a rigid body, s08el3.pdf (on campus only)
  • Week 10:
    • Slides on rigid body dynamics, s09el3.pdf (on campus only)
  • Week 11:
  • Week 12:


There are some useful tutorials that accompany "Physics" by Ohanian. I recommend the following for my parts of this module:

  1. Space, Time, and Mass: Unit Conversion, Significant Digits
  2. Motion along a Straight Line: Acceleration
  3. Vectors: Vector Addition and Vector Components
  4. Motion in Two and Three Dimensions: Projectile Motion
  5. Newton's Laws of Motion: Forces, Free-Body Diagrams
  6. Further Applications of Newton's Laws: Friction
  7. Work and Energy: Work of a Variable Force
  8. Conservation of Energy: Conservation of Energy
  9. Gravitation: Circular Orbits, Kepler's Laws
  10. Collisions: Momentum in Collisions, Elastic and Inelastic Collisions
  11. Rotation of a Rigid Body: Rotation about a Fixed Axis
  12. Oscillations: Oscillations and Simple Harmonic Motion, Simple Pendulum
  13. Waves: Wave Superposition
  14. Sound: Doppler Effect
  15. The Ideal Gas: Ideal-Gas Law
  16. Electrostatic Potential and Energy: Electrostatic Potential
  17. Reflection, Refraction, and Optics: Huygens' Construction, Geometric Optics and Lenses
  18. Interference and Diffraction: Interference and Diffraction


A number of books are recommended reading for this module:

  • H.C. Ohanian. "Physics", W.W. Notron and Company. (Library 53/OHA)
  • KA Stroud. "Engineering Maths", Macmillan. (Library 62.01)
  • Tipler. "Physics for Scientists and Engineers", 1572596732, W H Freeman & Co.
  • Breithaupt. "Physics" 0333733029, MacMillan
  • James, Glyn, 2001: "Modern Engineering Mathematics" (London: Prentice Hall).
  • Angus, J. & Howard, D. 1996: "Acoustics & Psychoacoustics" (Focal Press)
  • Rossing, T. D. 1990: "The Science of Sound" (AddisonWesley)
  • Everest, F. A. 1994: "The Master Handbook of Acoustics" (TAB Books)
  • Moore, B. C. J. 1989: "An Introduction to the Psychology of Hearing" (Academic Press)

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