Undergraduate 

Chemical Physics BSc/MSci

Physics 2 PHYS2001

  • Academic Session: 2018-19
  • School: School of Physics and Astronomy
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

Teaches the main principles of a number of areas of physics: oscillatory & wave behaviour in classical & quantum systems, Newtonian dynamics, the statistical basis of measurement, the structural & electrical properties of crystals, rotational dynamics in an astronomical context, thermodynamics and thermal properties at a microscopic level, further elements of electricity and magnetism and introductory nuclear and particle physics.

Timetable

  Daily: 12.00 noon. Laboratories: 3 hours per week.

Requirements of Entry

Physics 1, Mathematics 1R or 1X and Mathematics 1S or 1Y, normally all at grade D or better.

Excluded Courses

Physics 2U

Assessment

Degree exam (2 papers) - 50%; assessment of coursework - 50%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

1. To offer a study regime which affords an opportunity to learn and understand the main principles of a number of areas of physics: oscillatory & wave behaviour in classical & quantum systems, Newtonian dynamics, the statistical basis of measurement, the structural & electrical properties of crystals, rotational dynamics in an astronomical context, thermodynamics and thermal properties at a microscopic level, further elements of electricity and magnetism and introductory nuclear and particle physics;

 

2. To provide training in the principles and practice of physical measurement techniques and data analysis including evaluation of experimental uncertainties;

 

3. To provide introductory training in computer programming as a tool for data analysis and an aid to problem solving;

 

4. To continue to develop the student's transferable skills in information retrieval and oral and written communication;

 

5. To encourage students to work effectively, including as part of a team, and to begin to take responsibility for their own education.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

On completion of this course, the student should:

 

1. Have an improved and deeper understanding of the basic laws of physics, and know when

and how to apply them in a wider range of contexts;

 

2. Know the experimental basis of these laws, and appreciate how they fit together;

 

3. Be able to solve problems by applying these laws;

 

4. Be able to apply mathematical concepts, particularly to describe continuous change with

time and position and continuous distributions of charge and matter;

 

5. Know the definitions of many technical terms used in physics;

 

6. Be familiar with experimental equipment;

 

7. Know how to make measurements and assess their accuracy;

 

8. Be able to keep laboratory records, to write reports and to use the Library and online

repositories to research a subject of your choice.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

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

Attendance at all class tests;

Attendance (and a score of 10% of the marks available) at the final degree exam.