2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
PHYS1280 Vibrations and Thermal Physics (Joint Honours)
20 creditsClass Size: 30
Module manager: Dr Alison Voice
Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable
Year running 2021/22
Pre-requisite qualificationsA level Physics and Maths or equivalent
This module is mutually exclusive with
|PHYS1210||Physics 2- Properties of Matter|
|PHYS1250||Vibrations and Waves (Geophysics)|
This module is not approved as a discovery module
Module summaryVibrations 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.Thermodynamics is a fundamental branch of physics with applications as diverse as astrophysics, condensed matter, biophysics and climate change. The module will cover macroscopic effects of heat flow which can be explained by behaviour at the molecular level.
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, waves and thermodynamics.
• Identify and apply these principles and laws when dealing with problems.
Understanding, explanation, derivation and problem solving in vibrations, waves, and thermodynamics.
Vibrations and Waves:
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.
0th, 1st, 2nd laws of Thermodynamics
Conduction, convection, radiation; expansion.
Kinetic theory, ideal gases, Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution, equipartition.
Real gases, van der Waals equation, phase changes.
PV diagrams, entropy.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||152.00|
|Total Contact hours||48.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||200.00|
Private studyReading through lecture notes and solving problems.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackMarked problem sheets
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Online Assessment||Online Mid-Term Assessment||20.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||20.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
|Exam type||Exam duration||% of formal assessment|
|Online Time-Limited assessment||2 hr 00 mins||80.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Exams)||80.00|
Same as PHYS1210. Students will have to complete an online assessment at the end of the module. This will take place during the examinations period at the end of the semester and will be time bound. Students are required to pass all assessments for this module in order to pass the module overall.
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
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