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SOEE1541 Foundation Physics

10 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Dr Graham Mann
Email: G.W.Mann@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Pre-requisite qualifications

Students with A level Physics are excluded

Pre-requisites

SOEE1481Foundation Mathematics 1

Module replaces

SOEE1540 Physics for Environmental Science

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

On completion of this module, students will have acquired an understanding of a range of physics concepts which underpin key areas of environmental science. They will be able to apply their physics knowledge to solve problems of an environmental nature. In particular, they will understand the physics of waves, electromagnetic radiation, heat and energy, forces and motion, and the behaviour of fluids.

Objectives

On completion of this module, students will have acquired an understanding of a range of physics concepts which underpin key areas of environmental science. They will be able to apply their physics knowledge to solve problems of an environmental nature.

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module students will have a basic understanding of the physics of waves, electromagnetic radiation, heat and energy, forces and motion, and the behaviour of fluids.

Skills outcomes
The module places considerable emphasis on applying knowledge and understanding to address familiar and unfamiliar problems.

The module places moderate emphasis on formulating and solving numerical problems.


Syllabus

- Waves in the environment
- Electromagnetic radiation: blackbody radiation: absorption and scattering of radiation
- Energy, heat and temperature
- Radioactivity and nuclear power
- Linear and circular motion: gravitation
- Forces: Newton's Laws: work, power, kinetic and potential energy
- Fluids at rest and in motion: hydrostatic pressure: kinetic theory of gases
- Materials.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Lecture181.0018.00
Tutorial91.009.00
Private study hours73.00
Total Contact hours27.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

10 hours - assessed coursework
30 hours - examples sheets
31.5 hours - reflection and reading.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Regular contact with staff through tutorials and feedback on problem sheets.
- Formal assessment and feedback on coursework during the module.

Methods of assessment


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay500 word essay25.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)25.00

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


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)1 hr 30 mins75.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)75.00

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

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/04/2019

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