Physics 1(Half) PHYS1002
- Academic Session: 2019-20
- 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
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;
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 (1paper) - 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, 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;
1. State and apply the Conservation Laws of Energy and Momentum;
1. Decide when Special Relativity should be used;
1. Apply the laws of geometrical optics to mirror and lenses;
1. Describe waves mathematically, and apply this to treat optical interference;
1. Describe the operation of lasers;
1. State the meaning of temperature and heat, and heat capacity;
1. Distinguish different mechanisms of heat transfer, and know some of the thermal properties of gases;
1. Perform laboratory experiments and present the results in a word-processed report;
1. 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.