Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Physics 1(Half) PHYS1002

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: School of Physics and Astronomy
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

To explore the basic ideas of physics in the areas of dynamics (from a vectorial point of view), waves & optics and thermal physics, as a foundation for more advanced study of physics and for application in other sciences;

Timetable

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).

Assessment

Degree exam (1paper) - 60%; Course workshops - 20%; Labs - 20%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

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, as a foundation for more advanced study of physics and for application in other sciences;

2. To introduce more advanced topics, particularly special relativity and lasers;

3. To develop and then extend student's experience of experimental physics, by performing and analysing data from a number of straightforward experiments;

4. To develop practice in problem solving, requiring the application of mathematics to explain physical phenomena;

5. 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;

6. 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

By the end of this course students will 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;

1. Describe waves mathematically, and apply this to treat optical interference;

2. Describe the operation of lasers;

3. State the meaning of temperature and heat, and heat capacity;

4. Distinguish different mechanisms of heat transfer, and know some of the thermal properties of gases;

5. Perform laboratory experiments and present the results in a word-processed report;

6. 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;

Attendance at 50% of the laboratory sessions and submission of the associated work for marking;

Attendance at final degree exam.