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PHYS6011 - Introduction to Physics

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Title:Introduction to Physics
Long Title:Introduction to Physics
Module Code:PHYS6011
 
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Fundamental
Field of Study: Physics
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2012/13 ( September 2012 )
Module Delivered in 11 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: Donagh OMahony
Module Author:  
Module Description: This module introduces the learner to the fundamental principles and applications of heat, optics and waves.The learner, in addition, is introduced to either electricity or fluids, depending on the programme of study.The learner will obtain measurements of physical parameters which they will record, analyse and interpret in a scientific manner.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 State and explain the physical laws and definitions of heat, optics and waves.
LO2 Analyse d.c. circuits or describe fluid behaviour
LO3 Record experimental data
LO4 Analyse, interpret and report experimental data
LO5 Interpret and solve numerical problems in relevant physics topics.
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).
None
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.
None
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.
None
Co-requisites
No Co Requisites listed
 

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Introduction
Introduction to Units, Scientific notation and the concept of Energy.
Heat
Heat and Temperature, Temperature scales. Specific heat capacity, Latent heat. Evaporation. Linear expansion. Methods of heat transfer - Conduction, Convection and Radiation.
Optics
Reflection, Refraction, Snell's law, Total internal reflection, Applications. Image formation in mirrors and lenses. Optical instruments.
Waves
Displacement, Amplitude, Intensity, Wavelength, Frequency, Phase. The wave equation. Transverse and Longitudinal waves. Resonance. Frequency ranges of Sound. Decibel scale. Doppler effect.
Electricity (all learners with the exception of Herbal Science)
Voltage, Current, Resistance, Ohm's Law, Resistivity. Combinations of resistors. Power. Internal resistance and emf. Applications - Wheatstone bridge, pH meter. Difference between Alternating and Direct Current
Fluids (Herbal Science only)
Pressure, pressure units, pressure due to a column of liquid, pressure gauges, blood pressure, fluid flow, continuity equation, Bernoulli's equation, surface tension,capillary action and viscosity.
Laboratory Practicals
Safety, Measurement and Graphs and a series of further laboratory practicals on relevant physics topics.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Performance Evaluation Weekly laboratory practicals/worksheets/reports 3,4 30.0 Every Week
Short Answer Questions Theory Assessment 1,2 30.0 Week 7
Short Answer Questions Theory Assessment 1,2 30.0 Sem End
Practical/Skills Evaluation Laboratory Exam incl. Skills Test 3,4 10.0 Week 8
No End of Module Formal Examination
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
Lab Physics Laboratory 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Lecture Delivery of Module Content 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Study lecture 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
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Directed learning of module content 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Lab Physics Laboratory 2.0 Every Second Week 1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Study lecture material 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Total Hours 8.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
 

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Jones/Childers 2001, Contemporary College Physics, Third Edition Ed., Mc Graw-Hill [ISBN: 0-07-118236-5]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Cutnell and Johnson, Physics, Wiley
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
  • website: www.mhhe.com/jones
  • website: www.iop.org
  • website: www.wiley.com/college/cutnell
 

Module Delivered in

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CR_SINEN_8 Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Instrument Engineering 1 Mandatory
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CR_SPHYS_7 Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics and Instrumentation 1 Mandatory
CR_SBMSC_7 Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science 1 Mandatory
CR_SPHYS_6 Higher Certificate in Applied Physics and Instrumentation 1 Mandatory
CR_SCHEM_6 Higher Certificate in Science in Chemistry 1 Mandatory
CR_SOMNI_7 Physical Sciences (Common Entry) 1 Mandatory
CR_SOMNI_8 Physical Sciences (Common Entry) 1 Mandatory

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