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2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

XJFY0210 Physics 2: Thermodynamics and Electricity

15 creditsClass Size: 330

Module manager: Dr A M Voice

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

Module replaces

XJFY0270 Physics 2: Electricity

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 thermodynamics and electricity 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 undertake laboratory work and reporting of experiments related to thermodynamics and electricity;
- 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 thermodynamics, electrostatics, DC electricity, magnetism, electromagnetism, AC electricity and electromagnetic waves;
- Ability to understand physics problems presented in English;
- Ability to undertake physics laboratory experiments;
- Ability to present physics work in English.



- Properties of matter and the 3 states of matter.
- What is energy and internal energy?
- The relation between temperature and molecular kinetic energy, Boltzmann's constant.
- First law of thermodynamics.
- Second law of thermodynamics.
- Thermal conduction and conductivity; convection and radiation.
- The equation of state for an ideal gas.
- The molar gas constant R and Avogadro's constant.
- Pressure in an ideal gas.
- Pressure and forces in a liquid.


- Coulombs law.
- Electric field and potential.
- Permittivity.

DC Electricity:

- Charge and current, Ohms law.
- Capacitors.
- Kirchoff's laws.


- Magnets, fields.
- Flux density due to moving charges and currents.
- Force on current in magnetic field.


- Faraday's and Lenz's laws.
- Induced emf.
- Generators, motors, back emf and self inductance.

AC Electricity:

- Alternating voltage, current. Power in AC circuits
- LCR circuits, reactance, impedance
- Rectification, transformers

Electromagnetic waves:

- Production and detection of electromagnetic waves.

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
In-course Assessment1 hour In-Class Test25.00
Practical ReportLaboratory Report 110.00
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 14:56:05


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