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2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

XJFY0205 Physics 1: Mechanics and Waves

15 creditsClass Size: 330

Module manager: Alison Voice

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

Module replaces

XJFY0260 Physics 1: Materials

This module is not approved as a discovery module


- To introduce particular physics topics and relate them to the Engineering disciplines;
- To further develop an understanding of mechanics and waves as aspects of physics which are relevant to Engineering;
- To undertake simple calculations using relevant laws and equations;
- To solve basic and more complex real-world problems about applications of this topic;
- To develop good and sensible laboratory practice and the reporting of experiments;
- To build confidence in presenting physics work in a scientific style in English.

Learning outcomes
- An understanding of aspects of physics which are most relevant to Engineering; in particular mechanics and waves;
- Ability to understand physics problems presented in English;
- Ability to undertake physics laboratory experiments;
- Ability to present physics work in English.


- Experimental physics: measurement precision, resolution and accuracy; significant digits, propagation of errors, curve fitting.
- Kinematics : Time-dependent position, velocity and acceleration of point particles.
- Newton's laws of motion.
- Friction, drag, elasticity: stress and strain.
- Work, kinetic energy, potential energy, conservation of energy, power.
- Impulse, momentum, conservation of momentum, collisions.
- Uniform circular motion, Newton’s universal law of gravity.
- Rotational motion and angular momentum.
- Statics and torque.
- Simple harmonic motion.
- Progressive waves, longitudinal and transverse waves.
- Superposition of waves, standing waves, resonance, interference and diffraction.
- Doppler effect.
- Reflection and refraction.
- The electromagnetic spectrum; photon model of electromagnetic radiation.
- Atomic energy levels, electronic excitation, de-excitation and ionization of atoms.
- The photoelectric effect, wave-particle duality.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Example Class161.0016.00
Independent online learning hours32.00
Private study hours64.00
Total Contact hours54.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Independent Online Learning activities will include reviewing lecture notes and other material on the VLE. Typically recommended 2 hrs reviewing online material per teaching week.

Private study tasks relate to the content of the course including background reading such as text books and examples, and also the preparation of any assessed pieces of work including laboratory work.

Please note: all delivery types and number of hours are subject to variation, depending on immediate delivery needs. An 'hour' refers to one session in the timetable which is approximately 45 minutes long.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Question sheets and marked work. Feedback from smaller examples classes and laboratory sessions. End of semester 1 exam.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Practical ReportLaboratory Report 210.00
Practical ReportLaboratory Report 110.00
In-course Assessment1 Hour In-Class Test25.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)45.00

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)2 hr 00 mins55.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)55.00

The resit will consist of one 2 hour exam which will assess all learning outcomes of the module.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 06/09/2021 14:56:04


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