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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

PHYS1250Vibrations and Waves (Geophysics)
PHYS1280Vibrations and Thermal Physics (Joint Honours)

This module is not approved as a discovery module


This 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.

Learning outcomes
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.

Skills outcomes
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.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours184.00
Total Contact hours66.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)250.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Regular MCQs in each topic (Waves, Thermo, Solid State)

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)3 hr 00 mins80.00
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 list

The reading list is available from the Library website

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


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