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SFY0014 : Foundation Physics A2

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Adrian Oila
  • Lecturer: Dr Tiago Marinheiro
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To introduce the essentials of forces, energy, atomic and nuclear physics at foundation level without a requirement for A level physics.

Outline Of Syllabus

Kinematics: 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.
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.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture221:0022:00PiP sessions combined with non-synchronous online.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00Preparation for Assessments
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study163:0063:00Review lecture notes and recommended texts.
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
SFY0015Foundation Physics A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The subject material is highly knowledge based and requires lectures to disseminate the material.

Plan B: In case of Covid-19 disruption:
• PiP lectures will switch to non-synchronous and synchronous online learning (delivered via Canvas and Zoom)

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A60N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prob solv exercises1M10Canvas quiz
Prob solv exercises1M10Canvas quiz
Prob solv exercises1M10Canvas quiz
Prob solv exercises1M10Canvas quiz
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assessments, both summative and formative are designed to test knowledge and understanding as well as the ability to carry out simple calculations in physics.

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