Undergraduate 

Chemical Physics BSc/MSci

Physics 1 PHYS1001

  • Academic Session: 2018-19
  • 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

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, 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;

Timetable

  Daily at 9.00am and 1.00pm. Laboratories and tutorials as arranged.

Requirements of Entry

Pass in Mathematics and normally Physics (SQA Higher or equivalent).

Assessment

Degree exam (2 papers) - 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, 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).