2018/19 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
LLLC0168 Physics and Mechanics for Earth and Environment
30 creditsClass Size: 20
Module manager: Ellen Avery
Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable
Year running 2018/19
|LLLC0113||Mathematics and Statistics for Earth and Environment|
Module replacesLLLC 0116LLLC 0136
This module is not approved as a discovery module
ObjectivesThe aim of this module is to provide students with the core concepts and techniques in Physics within the areas of Waves, Mechanics, Electricity & Magnetism, Thermal Physics and Modern Physics . It will develop their knowledge and understanding of key physics concepts and their applications across science and engineering disciplines.
At the end of this module students should be able to:
- Describe the properties of waves, and how waves interfere to produce standing waves and interference patterns.
- Determine the path of a light ray through different media.
- Apply Newton's laws of motion to systems in equilibrium and rigid bodies moving under the action of simple systems of forces.
- Use vectors to solve problems in mechanics.
- Articulate the concepts of momentum, work, energy and power, and how these are related.
- Apply the basic principles of electricity and electric fields, and apply these to solve problems involving simple circuits.
- Articulate the principles of electromagnetic induction and its applications in the modern world.
- Describe how heat is transported through different media and articulate the effect of changes in temperature in solids, liquids and gases.
- Describe the structure of the atom and how this relates to radioactive decay.
- The ability to model a physical problem.
- The ability to solve physical problems using mathematics.
- The ability to use the knowledge gained in this module in new situations and to solve related problems.
- To gain practical experimental skills in physics.
- The ability to be able to describe, explain and interpret results in physics terms and be able to apply mathematical methods to analyse results.
Lectures, laboratory practicals and workshop activities will include:
- Geometrical optics; reflection and refraction, Snell’s Law.
- Progressive waves; standing waves, diffraction and interference of light waves.
- Scalars, vectors, force, moments, energy and work;
- Newton's laws, equations of motion for constant acceleration, conservation of energy and momentum; Circular motion and simple harmonic motion;
- Newton’s Law of Gravity (inverse square laws) and Gravitational fields.
- Electric charge, current, potential difference and resistance; using Kirchhoff’s Laws to solve simple circuits
- Coulomb’s Law and electric fields; Capacitance; Magnetism and electromagnetic Induction and its application in motors and transformers; AC current.
- Temperature, temperature scales, absolute zero; Heat as energy; Heat transfer, conduction, convection and radiation; Specific heat capacity, latent heat; Kinetic Theory; Gas laws.
- The structure of the atom; emission and absorption spectra; the structure of the nucleus, radioactivity, decay routes; binding energy, fission and fusion; the decay constant.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Independent online learning hours||30.00|
|Private study hours||130.00|
|Total Contact hours||140.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||300.00|
Private studyIndependent on-line learning: 30
Working example problems: 40
Preparing coursework: 20
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackProblem sets (coursework); midterm exam; and short essays. Reflection with essay/exam wrapper activities.
Weekly practical sessions to develop understanding via worksheets and demonstrations
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|In-course Assessment||1 x 45 minutes in-course exam||5.00|
|Written Work||10 x 2 hour problem sets||20.00|
|Written Work||Poster based on laboratory work||10.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||35.00|
Resits are not available for individual coursework elements in the module. Attendance is required for coursework elements which are linked to an assessment available only at that specific time, such as the midterm.
|Exam type||Exam duration||% of formal assessment|
|Unseen exam||2 hr 30 mins||30.00|
|Unseen exam||2 hr 30 mins||35.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Exams)||65.00|
Resits for the exam component of the module will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt during the July Resit period in most cases or during the next available opportunity.
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 25/09/2018
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