Physics for Life Sciences

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Note that this course has 2, 4-week complementary blocks.

You must participate in both blocks. It is not possible to select one.

Block 1 weeks 1-4 
To explore the basic ideas of physics in the areas of dynamics (from a vectorial point of view), and thermal physics as a foundation for more advanced study of physics and for application in other sciences.

Block 2 weeks 5-8
To explore the basic ideas of physics in the areas of waves & optics, 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.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent)
  • You should be currently enrolled at an international higher education institution
  • Competence in basic calculus as well as algebra, geometry and trigonometry is essential. We can provide you with an indicative maths skill test which will help you determine if your skillset meets the prerequisites for the course. If you want to take the test please contact the International Summer School Coordinator for a copy.

If your first language is not English, you must meet our minimum proficiency level:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training) overall score of 6.0, with no sub test less than 5.5
  • we also accept equivalent scores in other recognised qualifications such as ibTOEFL, CAE, CPE and more
  • visit eligibility

This is a guide, for further information email internationalsummerschools@glasgow.ac.uk


What will you learn?

Block 1 weeks 1-4

On completion of the course the student should be able to:

  • Apply Newton’s Laws of Motion to a particle motion in a single straight line, uniform circular motion and simple harmonic motion;
  • State and apply the Conservation Laws of Energy and Momentum;
  • Decide when Special Relativity should be used;
  • State the meaning of temperature and heat, and heat capacity;
  • Distinguish different mechanisms of heat transfer, and know some of the thermal properties of gases;
  • Relate the structure of materials to molecular bonding mechanisms;
  • Perform calculations based on the molecular properties of matter;
  • Apply standard equations of hydrostatics and elasticity;
  • Perform laboratory experiments and present the results in a word-processed report;
  • Use a spreadsheet package to analyse laboratory results and incorporate table and graphs in a word-
    processed report.

Block 2 weeks 5-8

On completion of the course the student should be able to:

  • Apply the laws of geometrical optics to mirror and lenses;
  • Describe waves mathematically, and apply this to treat optical interference;
  • Describe the operation of lasers;
  • Perform calculations involving electrical field and potential;
  • Analyse DC circuits using Kirchhoff’s Laws;
  • Design circuits involving operational amplifiers;
  • Describe the motion of particles in electric and magnetic fields, and calculate the magnetic force on a
    conductor;
  • Carry out calculations in atomic physics;
  • Describe properties of photons, and appreciate wave-particle duality;
  • State some facts and concepts of Elementary Particle Physics and Cosmology;
  • Perform laboratory experiments and present the results in a word-processed report;
  • Use a spreadsheet package to analyse laboratory results and incorporate table and graphs in a word-processed report.

Assessment?

Block 1 weeks 1-4

  • Unseen examination (60%) 90 minutes exam paper consisting of 6 short written questions.
  • Course work consists of laboratory work (20%) and online assignments and class tests (20%).

Block 2 weeks 5-8

  • Unseen examination (60%) 90 minutes exam paper consisting of 6 short written questions.
  • Course work consists of laboratory work (20%) and online assignments and class tests (20%).