# FUNDAMENTALS OF PHYSICS - 2021/2

Module code: PHY1033

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Module Overview

This module covers some of the fundamental principles in classical physics including a discussion of units of measurement, the kinematics and dynamics of objects and conservation laws.

Module provider

Physics

Module Leader

REGAN Patrick (Physics)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 4

JACs code: F340

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

None

Module content

Indicative content includes:

• Space, Time and Mass (3 hours)

SI units, multiples and submultiples of units, the units of length, mass and time, c, as a standard speed, dimensions in equations of physics. Derived units for important physical quantities, orders of magnitude, estimation and significant figures.

• Representation of Physical Quantities (4 hours)

Physical quantities represented as scalars and vectors, simple operations involving vector quantities, position as a vector quantity, components, magnitudes and units, rate of change of position and velocity.

• The Usefulness of the Vector Representation (4 hours)

The scalar and vector product, the right-hand rule, examples of the use of the vector product, description as a 3x3 determinant and the scalar triple product as the volume of a solid.

• General Kinematics (4 hours)

Position, velocity and acceleration, motion with constant acceleration, graphical representation and dealing with infinitesimal changes.

• General Dynamics (5 hours)

Newton's Laws, force and momentum, principle of superposition of forces, frictional forces and the four fundamental forces in nature.

• Conservation Laws (9 hours)

Conservative forces, work done, potential and kinetic energy, the electron volt as a unit of energy, conservation of mechanical energy, conservation of momentum, conservation of energy, application to systems of particles, centre-of-mass and centre-of-mass velocity, conservation of charge, Kirchoff’s laws. Conservation in 2-body collisions, mass and energy, E = mc2.

• Rotational Motion (7 hours)

Uniform circular motion, angular and centripetal acceleration, rotation of a solid about a fixed axis, moment of inertia, angular momentum and torque, conservation of angular momentum and the behaviour of the gyroscope.

• Gravity (4 hours)

Newton’s law of gravitation, gravity near the earth’s surface, gravitational potential energy, shell theorem, Kepler's laws

• Electricity and Magnetism (4 hours)

Electric Charge, Coulombs law, Spherical conductors, conservation charge, electric field, electric field lines, electric field due to a point charge, Electric field due to an electric dipole.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type | Unit of assessment | Weighting |
---|---|---|

School-timetabled exam/test | MID SEMESTER MULTIPLE CHOICE CLASS TEST (1.5 HOURS) | 30 |

Examination | END OF SEMESTER EXAMINATION (2 HOURS) | 70 |

Alternative Assessment

None.

Assessment Strategy

The __assessment strategy__ is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate

· recall of subject knowledge

· ability to apply individual components of subject knowledge to basic situations

· ability to synthesise and apply combined areas of subject knowledge to physics problems

Thus, the __summative assessment__ for this module consists of:

· mid-semester test (1h) of multiple choice problems

· final examination (2h) with section A of 5 short compulsory questions and section B of longer questions with 2/3 questions to be answered

__Formative assessment and feedback__

Students tackle formative problems in small group tutorials and receive verbal feedback during those sessions. A mid-semester test provides a contribution to the module assessment, and provides feedback before the final summative assessment.

Module aims

- provide knowledge and understanding on the fundamental principles of classical physics.
- remind students of standard SI units and the role of the vector and scalar representation of physical quantities.
- inform students about the motion of particles and solids under different conditions as governed by Newton's Laws.
- discuss the conservation laws on which classical physics is based.
- provide an introduction to electromagnetism.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed | ||
---|---|---|

1 | Demonstrate a grounding in the fundamental principles of classical physics | K |

2 | Treat physical problems within a mathematical framework | CT |

3 | Apply concepts of classical physics in mechanics and basic inverse-square law fields (including gravitation and electromagnetism) | KCT |

Attributes Developed

**C** - Cognitive/analytical

**K** - Subject knowledge

**T** - Transferable skills

**P** - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The __learning and teaching__ strategy is designed to:

equip students with subject knowledge

develop skills in applying subject knowledge to physical situations

enable student to tackle unseen problems in classical physics

The

__learning and teaching__methods include:

44h of lectures as 4h/week x 11 weeks

Problems included in Small Group Tutorial sessions contributing to 1h/week x 11 weeks

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

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Programmes this module appears in

Programme | Semester | Classification | Qualifying conditions |
---|---|---|---|

Physics with Nuclear Astrophysics MPhys | 1 | Compulsory | A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module |

Physics with Astronomy MPhys | 1 | Compulsory | A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module |

Physics with Nuclear Astrophysics BSc (Hons) | 1 | Compulsory | A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module |

Physics with Astronomy BSc (Hons) | 1 | Compulsory | A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module |

Physics with Quantum Technologies MPhys | 1 | Compulsory | A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module |

Physics with Quantum Technologies BSc (Hons) | 1 | Compulsory | A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module |

Physics BSc (Hons) | 1 | Compulsory | A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module |

Physics MPhys | 1 | Compulsory | A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module |

Mathematics and Physics BSc (Hons) | 1 | Compulsory | A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module |

Mathematics and Physics MPhys | 1 | Compulsory | A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module |

Mathematics and Physics MMath | 1 | Compulsory | A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module |

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2021/2 academic year.