Physics 1 PHYS1001
- Academic Session: 2020-21
- School: School of Physics and Astronomy
- Credits: 40
- Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
- Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
- Available to Visiting Students: Yes
- Available to Erasmus Students: Yes
To explore the basic ideas of physics in the areas of dynamics (from a vectorial point of view), waves & optics and thermal physics, electricity, electronics and magnetism (using vector formalism where appropriate), and quantum phenomena, as a foundation for more advanced study of physics and for application in other sciences;
Daily at 9.00am or 1.00pm. Laboratories and tutorials as arranged.
Requirements of Entry
Pass in Mathematics and normally Physics (SQA Higher or equivalent).
Degree exam (2 papers) - 60%; Course workshops - 20%; Labs - 20%.
Main Assessment In: April/May
1. To ensure students understand the basic ideas of physics in the areas of dynamics (from a vectorial point of view), waves & optics and thermal physics, electricity, electronics and magnetism (using vector formalism where appropriate), and quantum phenomena, as a foundation for more advanced study of physics and for application in other sciences;
1. To introduce more advanced topics, particularly special relativity, lasers elementary particle physics;
1. To develop and then extend student's experience of experimental physics, by performing and analysing data from a number of straightforward experiments;
1. To develop practice in problem solving, requiring the application of mathematics to explain physical phenomena;
1. To develop the student's ability to keep laboratory records and write reports, including use of a word-processor package, and to introduce and then extend the use of a spreadsheet package for the presentation of results and the analysis of experimental results;
1. To introduce students to group working within the laboratory setting, and to joint discussion of problem solving strategies within small-group sessions.
Intended Learning Outcomes of Course
On completion of the course the student should be able to:
1. Apply Newton's Laws of Motion to a particle motion in a single straight line, uniform circular motion and simple harmonic motion;
2. State and apply the Conservation Laws of Energy and Momentum;
3. Decide when Special Relativity should be used;
4. Apply the laws of geometrical optics to mirror and lenses;
5. Describe waves mathematically, and apply this to treat optical interference;
6. Describe the operation of lasers;
7. State the meaning of temperature and heat, and heat capacity;
8. Distinguish different mechanisms of heat transfer, and know some of the thermal properties of gases;
9. Perform laboratory experiments and present the results in a word-processed report;
10. Perform calculations involving electrical field and potential;
11. Analyse DC circuits using Kirchhoff's Laws;
12. Design circuits involving operational amplifiers;
13. Describe the motion of particles in electric and magnetic fields, and calculate the
magnetic force on a conductor;
14. Perform calculations based on the molecular properties of matter;
15. Apply standard equations of hydrostatics and elasticity;
16. Relate the structure of materials to molecular bonding mechanisms;
17. Carry out calculations in atomic physics;
18. Describe properties of photons, and appreciate wave-particle duality;
19. State some facts and concepts of Elementary Particle Physics and Cosmology;
20. Use a spreadsheet package to analyse laboratory results, and incorporate table and
graphs in a word-processed report.
Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits
Attendance at 50% of the assessment workshops and submission of the associated work for marking;
Attendance at 50% of the laboratory sessions and submission of the associated work for marking;
Attendance at both final degree exam papers (and a score of 10% of the marks available in each paper).