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PHYS1250 Vibrations and Waves (Geophysics)

10 creditsClass Size: 40

Module manager: Dr Alison Voice
Email: a.m.voice@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Pre-requisite qualifications

A level Physics and Mathematics (or equivalent).

This module is mutually exclusive with

PHYS1210Physics 2- Properties of Matter
PHYS1280Vibrations and Thermal Physics (Joint Honours)

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

Vibrations and waves are ubiquitous phenomena, occurring in widely different physical systems, from molecules to musical instruments to tectonic plates. Nevertheless, they can be described by a common mathematical approach. Pre-requisite qualifications: A level Physics and Mathematics (or equivalent).

Objectives

Learning outcomes
At the end of this module you should be able to:
• Demonstrate a basic knowledge of common physical laws and principles in the topics of vibrations and waves,.
• Identify and apply these principles and laws when dealing with problems.

Skills outcomes
Understanding, explanation, derivation and problem solving in vibrations and waves.


Syllabus

Oscillators: Simple, damped, driven, coupled.
Travelling and standing waves; wave equation.
Waves on strings, sounds waves, Doppler Effect.
Wave nature of light; interference, diffraction, reflection, refraction.
Mirrors, lenses, optical cavities.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Lecture221.0022.00
Tutorial111.0011.00
Private study hours67.00
Total Contact hours33.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

- Reading lecture notes and books
- Solving problems.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Marked problem sheets

Methods of assessment


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Problem SheetRegular Problem Sheets15.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)15.00

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 mins85.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)85.00

Same as PHYS1210

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 05/11/2019 08:50:01

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