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PHYS1200 Physics 1- Fundamental Forces

25 creditsClass Size: 225

Module manager: Dr Rob Purdy

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Pre-requisite qualifications

'A' Level Physics and Maths or equivalent

This module is mutually exclusive with

PHYS1231Introductory Physics (Geophysics)
PHYS1240Quantum Physics and Relativity (Geophysics)
PHYS1270Quantum Mechanics and Electricity (Joint Honours)

This module is not approved as a discovery module


At the end of this module you should be able to:
- describe the motion of particles in terms of their position, velocity and acceleration;
- discuss Newton's laws in the context of cause and effect;
- derive the work-energy theorem and define potential energy from a conservative force;
- discuss and utilise the conservation of momentum for a system of particles;
- discuss and utilise the conservation of angular momentum for rigid body rotation;
- describe and utilise Newton's theory of gravity;
- describe the basic mechanical properties of solids and fluids.
- recall and use the transformation equations of Special Relativity;
- summarize the evidence leading to the quantum theory of radiation;
- recall the radiation laws of Stefan and Wien and sketch the form of the black body curve;
- derive and use the Bohr equation for hydrogen like atoms;
- summarize the evidence leading to the wave theory of matter;
- use the de Broglie relationship to find the allowed energies of a particle confined to a box;
- describe the properties of atomic nuclei and details of the nuclear binding energy curve;
- deduce the form of the radioactive decay law.
- understand and solve problems involving the Columb's force;
- perform calculations on DC circuits (including capacitors, resistors and inductors) using Ohm’s and Kirchhoff's Laws)
- Calculate the force on a charge moving in a magnetic field

Learning outcomes
Demonstrate a basic knowledge of common physical laws and principles, and some applications of these principles.
Identify relevant principles and laws when dealing with problems.

Skills outcomes
Understanding of basic mechanics, quantum physics and electricity


Dynamics, including Gravity,
Rigid Bodies,
Work & Energy,
Evidence of quantum,
Bohr atom,
Radioactive decay,
Lorentz Transformations,
Relativistic kinematics,
Four-vectors and Minkowski space,
Basic Electrostatics: Coulomb Force and capacitors,
Lorentz force DC circuits,
Kirchoff's law,
RC circuits,

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours184.00
Total Contact hours66.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)250.00

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Written WorkHomework sheets15.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)15.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)3 hr 00 mins85.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)85.00

Students are required to pass all the coursework and exam elements of this module in order to pass the module overall.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 22/08/2019


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