# 2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

## PHYS0016 Thermal and Materials Physics

### 10 creditsClass Size: 125

**Module manager:** Dr Aleks Ponjavic**Email:** A.Ponjavic@leeds.ac.uk

**Taught:** Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

**Year running** 2023/24

### Pre-requisite qualifications

- GCSE in Mathematics and Science-Physics or- GCSE in Mathematics and Science.

Module replaces

PHYS0015 Mechanics**This module is not approved as a discovery module**

### Module summary

This module is designed for students who have not had the opportunity of an A level education in Physics, this module can teach you Physics to A level equivalent standards. The only prerequisite is GCSE level mathematics, or equivalent. PHYS0016 Materials teaches the basics of Thermal and Materials Physics.### Objectives

On completion of the module students should be able to:- Understand and describe the 3 states of matter

- Understand the phenomenon of temperature and its behaviour in the 3 states of matter

- Understand the electronic structure of atoms, ad how this leads to different forms of atomic bond.

- Describe the concepts of thermal energy and thermal equilibrium and the First Law of Thermodynamics

- Perform calculations involving specific heat capacity and latent heat capacity

- Carry out calculations involving thermal conductivity and thermal radiation and thermal expansion

- Describe and perform calculations involving the kinetic theory of a gas

- Use Boyle's Law, Charles' Law and the Pressure Law

- Describe the mechanics of liquid matter and perform calculations involving pressure, flotation and hydraulics

- Apply the equations for simple harmonic motion to any system oscillating in relation to bonded atoms and different solid materials

- Use the atomic properties of matter to understand the bulk material properties

- Describe the structure of various solid materials and explain the relationship to their properties

- Carry out calculations relating to the elastic behaviour of solid samples.

This module forms part of a package of three Physics modules which help to prepare students for entry to the level 1 Physics component of an appropriate degree programme and in conjunction with suitable modules at the same level in other subjects will prepare students for entry to a level 1 Engineering degree.

**Learning outcomes**

Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge, understanding and application of:

1. Properties of matter

2. Atomic structure

3. Molecular bonds

4. Thermal conductivity

5. Ideal gas behaviour

6. Elastic properties and behaviour of materials

**Skills outcomes**

- An understanding in the concepts underlying matter and materials at a level comparable with the Advanced Level core syllabus so that they can proceed to level 1 of a degree program in Science or Engineering.

- The ability to model a physical problem.

- The ability to solve physical problems using mathematics.

### Syllabus

- 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

- Thermal conduction and conductivity; convection and radiation

- The equation of state for an ideal gas

- Thermal expansion

- The molar gas constant R and Avogadro's constant

- Pressure in an ideal gas

- Pressure and forces in a liquid

- Bonding

- Simple harmonic motion

- Elastic properties and behaviour of materials

- Young's modulus.

### Teaching methods

Delivery type | Number | Length hours | Student hours |

Workshop | 10 | 1.00 | 10.00 |

Lecture | 12 | 1.00 | 12.00 |

Independent online learning hours | 8.00 | ||

Private study hours | 70.00 | ||

Total Contact hours | 22.00 | ||

Total hours (100hr per 10 credits) | 100.00 |

### Private study

Reading, online study materials and examples: 67 hours.### Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Workshops and regular Top Hat quizzes### Methods of assessment

**Coursework**

Assessment type | Notes | % of formal assessment |

Assignment | Coursework | 10.00 |

Assignment | Coursework | 10.00 |

Total percentage (Assessment Coursework) | 20.00 |

Resits will be in standard exam format.

**Exams**

Exam type | Exam duration | % of formal assessment |

Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc) | 2 hr 30 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.

### Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library websiteLast updated: 28/04/2023 14:55:12

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