2005/06 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
PHYS3140 Physics in Review 2
10 creditsClass Size: 80
Module manager: Professor I D Lawrie
Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable
Year running 2005/06
Pre-requisitesSuccessful completion of BSc/MPhys programmes of study including Physics at levels 1 and 2.
This module is not approved as an Elective
ObjectivesOn completion of the module students should be able to apply the basic principles of mechanics, electromagnetism, thermal physics, optics, vibrations and waves together with elementary aspects of special relativity and quantum theory to the analysis of physical problems. They will have gained experience in applying these principles to a wide variety of physical problems in a way that enables them :
A) to decide on the relevant physics applicable to a situation.
B) to express the problem in mathematical terms.
C) to use mathematical and numerical skills to produce an answer to the problem posed.
D) to assess if the answer obtained is physically reasonable. Each problem sheet will last a fortnight.
Ability to solve problems
Ability to formulate physical problems in mathematical termsAbility to solve problems
Ability to formulate physical problems in mathematical terms
The syllabus is essentially that of the core physics studied in the first and second years of the programmes of study BSc/MPhys Physics, BSc/MPhys Physics with Astrophysics and BSc/MPhys Physics with Electronics and Instrumentation.
Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for informationThis course will be an integrated continuation of the problem solving classes of the 1st year and the problem solving skills module of the 2nd year. To this end the teaching will be timetabled into weekly 1 hour periods over 2 semesters. There will be 11 groups of approximately 6-7 students in each group, working on the same problem sheet each week. The problem sheets will be handed out once a fortnight and will contain 6 questions on core physics for their solution (section B). Model solutions will be distributed a week later.
Private studyExamination preperation: 10 hours;
Homework problems: 71 hours.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackWeekly tutorials over two semesters.
Methods of assessment
Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for informationOne x 3 hour examination (85%) at the end of semester 2, consisting of two sections A & B, worth 60% and 40% respectively. The questions in section A will be compulsory and in the style of the section A of the problem sheets. In section B the questions will be more demanding and there will be some choice. A Crib sheet prepared by the student of 1 sheet (both sides) of A4 paper will be allowed into the exam.
Marked coursework: 15%.
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 19/04/2005
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