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PHYS6042 - Fundamental Physics

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Title:Fundamental Physics
Long Title:Fundamental Physics
Module Code:PHYS6042
 
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Fundamental
Field of Study: Physics
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2012/13 ( September 2012 )
Module Delivered in 9 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: Donagh OMahony
Module Author:  
Module Description: This is an introductory course comprising foundation physics topics relevant to all fields of Science. The topics presented are Mechanics, Wave Optics, Nuclear Physics and Electromagnetism.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Explain physical laws of Mechanics, Wave Optics, Nuclear Physics and Electromagnetism.
LO2 Solve numerical problems in Mechanics, Wave Optics, Nuclear Physics and Electromagnetism.
LO3 Record experimental data.
LO4 Analyse,interpret and report experimental data.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named CIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
No recommendations listed
Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed
Requirements
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.
No requirements listed
Co-requisites
No Co Requisites listed
 

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Mechanics
Equations of motion under uniform acceleration. Force, Friction, Newton's Laws. Projectile motion. Energy; potential and kinetic, conservation of energy, work-energy principle. Angular mechanics. Hooke's Law; Elastic Moduli.
Wave Optics
The electromagnetic spectrum. The behaviour of light as a wave; diffraction, interference, Young's slits, the diffraction grating, resolution.
Nuclear Physics
Nuclear instability. Types of decay. Radiation detectors; Geiger counter, scintillation counter. Nuclear reactions. Radioactive decay law, half-life. Environmental radioactivity.
Electromagnetism
Magnetic fields of permanent magnets and solenoids. Magnetic flux and magnetic flux density. Faraday's law of induction, the dynamo, the transformer.
Laboratory Practicals
Experiments in the areas of Mechanics, Wave Optics, Nuclear Physics and Electromagnetism.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work50.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Short Answer Questions Theory Assessment 1,2 10.0 Week 7
Performance Evaluation Laboratory Worksheets/Reports 3 20.0 Every Week
Practical/Skills Evaluation Practical Skills test: performance/analysis 3 20.0 Week 12
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2 50.0 End-of-Semester
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment

 

Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Delivery of module content. 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Lab Physics laboratory experiments 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Study of module material. 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 5.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Delivery of module content. 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Lab Physics laboratory experiments 2.0 Every Second Week 1.00
Directed Learning Additional content, problem sheets etc. 4.0 Every Month 1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) study of module material 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 11.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
 

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Edwin Jones 2001, Contemporary college physics, Third Ed., McGraw Hill Boston [ISBN: 0-07-118236-5]
  • Cutnell and Johnson 2007, Physics, Seventh Ed., Wiley USA [ISBN: 978-0471-663115-7]
  • Giancoli 2004, Physics: Principles with Applications., Sixth Ed., Prentice Hall New Jersey [ISBN: 0-13-191183-X]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
  • Website: http://www.mhhe.com/jones: Dr. Edwin Jones 2001, Contemporary College Physics, McGraw Hill
  • Website: http://www.iop.org: Institute of Physicsn/a
 

Module Delivered in

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CR_SCHEM_7 Bachelor of Science in Analytical and Pharmaceutical Chemistry 2 Elective
CR_SPHYS_7 Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics and Instrumentation 2 Mandatory
CR_SPHYS_6 Higher Certificate in Applied Physics and Instrumentation 2 Mandatory
CR_SCHEM_6 Higher Certificate in Science in Chemistry 2 Elective
CR_SOMNI_8 Physical Sciences (Common Entry) 2 Elective
CR_SOMNI_7 Physical Sciences (Common Entry) 2 Elective

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