UCPD Syllabus

This module has a number of components. The syllabus is as follows:

USE MATHEMATICS AND MECHANICS IN ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION

Perform standard mathematical calculations used in road accident investigation

Perform algebraic manipulation on formulae used in road accident investigation, represent such formulae graphically, plot graphs and obtain information from graphs

Use vector and scalar quantities with appropriate units,

Use the equations of constant acceleration, of conservation of momentum and of energy transfer and be aware of the limitations and restrictions on the use of such formulae.

Perform calculations for friction and rotational motion

ANALYSE THE BEHAVIOUR OF SKIDDING VEHICLES

Determine coefficients of friction and predict motion of vehicles

Allow for changes in road surface and for gradients in skid calculations.

Allow for unbraked trailers in calculations

Allow for partial or incomplete braking in calculations

PERFORM MOMENTUM, CRITICAL SPEED, PROJECTILES AND LIMITED VISIBILITY CALCULATIONS

Determine vehicle speeds by applying the principle of the conservation of momentum.

Determine vehicle speeds from an analysis of circular motion.

Estimate vehicle speeds from analysis of projectiles, including pedestrians as projectiles.

Estimate maximum safe driving speeds from an analysis of visibility ranges .

RECORD AND ANALYSE THE ACCIDENT SCENARIO

Critically evaluate tyre marks and perform skid tests

Prepare a plan of the scene of an accident.

Analyse the interaction of the driver and their environment

APPLY STATISTICAL ANALYSIS TO ACCIDENT SCENARIO

Collect suitable data from practical testing

Analyse data for consistency

Determine mean, median, mode and standard deviation

Determine confidence levels applicable to data

Incorporate results into reconstruction

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