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2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

PHYS0025 Waves and Particles

10 creditsClass Size: 100

Module manager: Dr Alison Voice

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

Pre-requisite qualifications

GCSE in Mathematics or equivalent

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module covers the topics of waves and particles at a level and detail equivalent to A Level. A fundamental understanding of vibrations and waves is key to the further study of Physics and Engineering. Waves ae studied in the context of mechanical motion, sounds and light. The physics of small particles is also studied, and includes applications to nuclear physics, the photoelectric effect and electron-microscopy.


This module forms part of a package of four modules (PHYS0040, PHYS0016, PHYS0025 and PHYS0036) which will prepare students for entry to the level 1 of an appropriate degree programme.

Learning outcomes
On completion students should be able to:

• Define and understand concepts in physics relating to vibrations, waves and small particles.
• Perform simple calculations and solve problems in these topics
• Sketch graphs or explain behaviour in these topics.

Skills outcomes
Problem Solving in basic Physics


Structure of the atom; radioactivity; mass and energy, nuclear power.
Progressive waves; longitudinal and transverse waves; interference and diffraction; stationary waves; reflection and refraction.
The electromagnetic spectrum; photon model of electromagnetic radiation; the photoelectric effect; atomic energy levels, wave-particle duality.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours78.00
Total Contact hours22.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Reading, online study materials and examples

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Worked examples and regular quizzes in class

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course AssessmentRegular coursework20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)20.00

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) (S2)2 hr 00 mins80.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)80.00

Students will have to complete an in-person exam at 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.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 29/04/2022 15:31:37


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