OSCILLATIONS AND WAVES - 2022/3
Module code: PHY1036
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This module covers introductory concepts of simple harmonic motion and waves, drawing on and bringing together examples from different branches of physics including mechanics, optics, electronics, and electromagnetism. It combines the mathematical description, physical interpretation as well as experiments and their analysis of oscillations and wave phenomena to provide a well-balanced introduction to the important physical concepts that are required for further study in subsequent modules of a physics course.
DOHERTY Daniel (Physics)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 4
JACs code: F351
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Overall student workload
Independent Learning Hours: 52
Lecture Hours: 28
Tutorial Hours: 10
Laboratory Hours: 22
Guided Learning: 10
Captured Content: 28
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
Indicative content includes:
- Fundamental description of oscillations and waves
- Simple harmonic motion
- Longitudinal and transversal wave motion
- Frequency, angular frequency, wavelength, wave number, “speed”
- The wave equation in one dimension
- Superposition, beating, phase, group, particle velocities
- Energy and Momentum
- Mechanical waves
- Waves on a string, string boundaries and joins, standing waves.
- Sound waves, Doppler effect
- Waves in Optics
- Huygens construction
- Reflection, refraction, diffraction, refractive index
- [Geometrical optics, lens formulae, magnification, telescope, microscope]
- Optical fibres
- Diffraction – single, double slit and grating diffraction
- Oscillations and Waves in AC circuits
- Transients in circuits with Inductors and Capacitors
- Time constants in circuits with L,C, R components
- AC circuits: Impedance, frequency dependent response
- Description of AC circuits using phase and phasors
- Review of the course bringing out the unifying themes
An Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Awareness workshop
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Pass/Fail competencies||EDI Awareness Engagement||Pass/Fail|
|Practical based assessment||Laboratory Diaries||20|
|Coursework||Bi-weekly Small Group Tutorial Session Questions||10|
|Examination||End of Semester Examination - 2 hours||70|
Assessed Laboratory experiments with associated report may replace the laboratory Unit of Assessment. Bi-weekly Small Group Tutorial questions may be replaced with an alternative question set
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate
• during the laboratory components, tutorials and exam, that they have acquired a basic understanding and familiarity with waves in different context of Physics and that they can apply that knowledge in order to perform calculations predict experimental findings relating to wave phenomena.
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
• Laboratory diary entries (on selected experiments). These diary entries will not be marked anonymous, in order to allow follow up with students in the subsequent lab sessions, as well as cross checking diary entries with attendance. The average mark of the Laboratory entries needs to be above 40 % in order to pass the module.
• Bi-weekly hand-in questions from Small Group Tutorial Sessions.
• A written examination of 2-hour duration with a section of short compulsory questions, and a section of longer questions with a choice of 2 out of 3.
Formative assessment and feedback
Students receive formative verbal feedback during laboratory session from Academics and Demonstrators.
They also have the opportunity to receive feedback on their ability to apply the topics covered during the Oscillations and Waves lectures through:
- Small group tutorial sessions
- Exercise sheets and model solutions made available through the Virtual Learning Environment following class tutorials
- Multiple Choice revision questions during the lecture sessions
The assessment of engagement with the EDI Awareness Workshop will be by an open book quiz with unlimited re-attempts, but it must be passed in order to pass the module.
- provide a solid base for the important concepts that re-occur in (almost) all areas of physics relating to harmonic oscillations and wave phenomena.
- introduce the general mathematical description as well as to the common physical interpretation and consequences concerning speed, frequency, energy, velocities etc.
- applied and re-inforce concepts through many examples of oscillations and waves
- develop confidence and familiarity in students with the theoretical description and analysis of harmonic oscillations and waves as well as performing experiments of wave related phenomena, for example in the area of mechanical springs, diffraction, standing mechanical waves, AC circuits etc.
|002||Analyze simple systems undergoing simple harmonic motion and be able to derive equations describing the motion and expressions for the oscillation frequency.||KCP|
|003||Analyze simple AC circuits||KCP|
|004||Derive the wave equation for the case e.g. waves on a string;||KC|
|005||Analyze simple waveforms travelling along, e.g. string;||CP|
|006||Undertake calculations of frequency shifts arising from Doppler effect;||KCP|
|007||Be able to calculate interference and diffraction patterns arising from , e.g. multiple point sources of light and slits of finite width;||KC|
|008||Demonstrate an understanding of the working of selected optical instruments;||CP|
|009||Demonstrate an intuitive feel for fundamental and basic properties such as the speed, frequency and wavelength of light; and||P|
|010||Be able to work with notations based on f and l and v and k||K|
|001||Recognise benefits of equality, diversity and inclusion and identify causes and effects of unconscious bias||T|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:
Describe what the module learning and teaching strategy is designed to achieve and how it relates to the programme learning and teaching strategy
The learning and teaching methods include:
- lectures + tutorial sessions
- laboratory classes (shared with PHY1035) which are supported by guided learning
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.
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Programmes this module appears in
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|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|
|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|
|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 Quantum Technologies MPhys||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|
|Physics with Nuclear Astrophysics BSc (Hons)||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 2022/3 academic year.