SFY0014 : Foundation Physics A2
- Offered for Year: 2017/18
- Module Leader(s): Dr Jerry Hagon
- Lecturer: Dr Adrian Oila
- Owning School: Engineering
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||10|
To introduce the essentials of forces, energy, atomic and nuclear physics at foundation level without a requirement for A level physics.
Outline Of Syllabus
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
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.
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||10||1:00||10:00||Physics problems relating to the course are set during the module. Mostly assigned as homework.|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||9:00||9:00||Exam Revision|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||1:30||1:30||Written Exam|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||18||1:00||18:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||6||1:00||6:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||55:30||55:30||N/A|
Jointly Taught With
|SFY0015||Foundation Physics A|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
The subject material is highly knowledge based and requires lectures to disseminate the material. The problems-solving classes are required to enhance 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|
|SFY0015||Foundation Physics A||1||N/A|
|Prob solv exercises||1||M||10||Weekly tests|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The module is intended to provide a factual knowledge base. A formal written examination is most appropriate in this case and the in course assessment encourages a consistent approach to learning.