2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
PHYS1210 Physics 2- Properties of Matter
25 creditsClass Size: 250
Module manager: Dr Alison Voice
Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable
Year running 2022/23
Pre-requisite qualifications'A' Level Physics and Maths or equivalent
This module is mutually exclusive with
|PHYS1250||Vibrations and Waves (Geophysics)|
|PHYS1280||Vibrations and Thermal Physics (Joint Honours)|
This module is not approved as a discovery module
ObjectivesThis module covers the fundamental underpinning theories of vibrations, waves, thermodynamics and solid state physics. These are key concepts needed to explain the properties of matter.
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, thermodynamics and solid state physics.
• Identify and apply these principles and laws when dealing with problems.
Understanding, explanation, derivation and problem solving in vibrations, waves, thermodynamics and solid state physics
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.
Solid State Physics
Mechanics of solids, elementary bonding, elasticity.
Crystal structure, X-ray diffraction.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||184.00|
|Total Contact hours||66.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||250.00|
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackRegular MCQs in each topic (Waves, Thermo, Solid State)
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|In-course Assessment||Regular coursework||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|
|Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)||3 hr 00 mins||80.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Exams)||80.00|
Students will have to complete an in-person exam 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 must submit a serious attempt at 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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