|Semester 1 Credit Value:||20|
GCSE Science and Mathematics at Grade C or above.
SFY0001 Basic Mathematics if below Grade C in GCSE Mathematics
To introduce the basic aspects of forces, fields, optics, atomic and nuclear physics are introduced without a requirement for A level physics. The module includes a practical work element.
Forces and Fields
Introduction: units, dimensions, scalar and vector quantities, velocity, acceleration.
Forces: momentum, impulse, conservation of momentum, collisions. Newton’s laws. Gravitational and inertial mass.
Energy: work, energy, power, potential energy, conservation of energy.
Moments: centre of mass, centre of gravity.
Circular motion: angular velocity and acceleration, centripetal and centrifugal forces. Rotation about centre of mass, moment of inertia, angular momentum.
Fields: gravitational fields, potential and potential energy in fields. Inverse square law.
Structure of the atom Dr D G McCartan
Atomic physics: Rutherford scattering experiment. The wave/particle nature of light. The photo-electric effect.
The photon and atomic structure. The Bohr model of the hydrogen atom. The spectrum of atomic hydrogen.
Multi-electron atoms. The Periodic Table. X-rays. X-ray production. Spectra. Absorption. Applications
Nuclear Physics: Atomic number, atomic weight, isotopes. Stability of nuclei.
Natural radioactivity: alpha, beta and gamma radiation. Sources of radiation. Half-life. Equation of radioactive decay.
Optical Physics Dr D G McCartan
Introduction: the electromagnetic spectrum, colour, black-body radiation, polarization, waves rays and photons.
Reflection and refraction at plane surfaces: law of reflection, Snell’s law, refractive index, critical angle, total internal reflection, optical fibres, prisms, dispersion, spectroscopic instruments.
Reflection/refraction at curved surfaces: imaging with spherical mirrors and thin lenses, magnification, determination of focal length. Ray tracing. Use of the formula 1/u + 1/v = 1/f with sign convention. Combination of thin lenses.
Optical Instruments: camera, the eye, the telescope, the microscope, effect of lens aberrations and diffraction on performance
Experimental Physics Dr D G McCartan
Experimental physics is introduced, providing practice in the basic skills in scientific measurement and a background to the theoretical concepts taught in the module.
At the end of this module students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the elementary physics associated with:
• the influence of forces on motion;
• energy, and its conservation;
• the concept of a field;
• reflection and refraction ,
• the dispersion of light,
• common optical instruments
• the structure of the atom and the interaction of light with atoms;
• the structure of the nucleus and its stability;
• radioactivity and radioactive decay.
At the end of this module students will be able to communicate effectively the scientific content of the module contributes to the written communications skills of the student. The scientific problem solving element enhances general problem solving skills and initiative.
|Graduate Skills Framework Applicable:||Yes|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||18:00||18:00||Exam Revision|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||2:30||2:30||Written Exam|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||36||1:00||36:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Practical||11||2:00||22:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||121:30||121:30||N/A|
The subject material is highly knowledge based and requires lectures to disseminate the material. The problems-solving classes enhance knowledge and consolidate the students’ understanding of the material.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Module Code||Module Title||Semester||Comment|
The module is intended to provide a factual knowledge base. A formal written examination is most appropriate in this case. The assessment of laboratory work is most readily obtained through the written reports.
Resit examination is the same. Resit of laboratory work by special exercise.
Special arrangement may be required for Study Abroad Students.
This module contains lecture material that is taught in common with the module SFY0014
Original Handbook text:
Basic aspects of forces, fields, optics, atomic and nuclear physics are introduced without a requirement for A level physics. The module includes practical work.
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