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PHYS7020 - Physics for Sustainability

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Title:Physics for Sustainability
Long Title:Physics for Sustainability
Module Code:PHYS7020
 
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Intermediate
Field of Study: Physics
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2012/13 ( September 2012 )
Module Delivered in 4 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: Donagh OMahony
Module Author:  
Module Description: This module aims to introduce fundamental concepts in thermodynamics and fluid mechanics relevant to environmental science and sustainable technology.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Explain the fundamental principles of thermodynamics and those governing the behaviour of fluids
LO2 Solve problems in fluid mechanics and thermodynamics.
LO3 Apply relevant concepts of fluid behaviour and thermodynamics to environmental science and sustainable technology
LO4 Interpret and present data in a rigorous and scientific manner.
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).
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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.
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Co-requisite Modules
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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
Thermodynamics: introduction
Microscopic and macroscopic; temperature; simple thermodynamic systems
The first principle of thermodynamics
Quasi-static processes, heat, work and the first principle of thermdynamics
Ideal gas
Equation of state, kinetic theory and ideal gas, sound waves
Thermodynamics potentials
Free energy, phase diagram in a pure system, chemical potentials
Introduction to fluid mechanics
Physical properties of fluids; density; specific weight; specific volume; specific gravity; compressibility; elasticity; surface tension; capillarity; vapour pressure; viscosity; ideal and real fluids; concept of shear stress; Newtonian and non-Newtonian fluids.
Fluid static
Pressure-density-height relationship; pressure on plane and curved surface; centre of pressure; buoyancy; stability of immersed and floating bodies.
Fluid kinematics
Steady and unsteady, uniform and non-uniform, laminar and turbulent flows and enclosed flows;
Fluid dynamics
Basic equations: Equation of continuity; One-dimensional Euler’s equation of motion and its integration to obtain Bernoulli’s equation and momentum equation; flow through pipes
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Short Answer Questions Theory assessment in thermodynamics 1,2 25.0 Week 6
Short Answer Questions Theory assessment in fluids 1,2 25.0 Week 6
Written Report Written report on data interpretation and analysis 4 15.0 Week 9
Short Answer Questions Final assessment on thermodynamics and fluids 1,2,3 35.0 Sem End
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
Lecture Lectures in thermodynamics and fluids 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Tutorial Worked examples and problem solving tutorials in thermodynamics, fluids and data interpretation 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Study 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Lectures in thermodynamics and fluids 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Tutorial Problem solving tutorials in thermodynamics and fluids 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Lecturer-Supervised Learning (Contact) Worked examples in thermodynamics, fluids and data interpretation 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Independent Learning Study 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
 

Module Resources

Supplementary Book Resources
  • H. C. Van Ness 1983, Understanding thermodynamics, Dover New York [ISBN: 978-0486632773]
  • Robert W. Fox, Philip J. Pritchard, Alan T. McDonald 2009, Introduction to fluid mechanics, John Wiley Hoboken, N.J. [ISBN: 978-0471742999]
  • Philip J. Pritchard 2011, Fox and McDonald's Introduction to Fluid Mechanics, Wiley [ISBN: 978-0470547557]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources
 

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_SESST_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Environmental Science and Sustainable Technology 5 Mandatory
CR_SINEN_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Instrument Engineering 3 Elective
CR_SPHYS_7 Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics and Instrumentation 3 Elective
CR_SPHYS_6 Higher Certificate in Science in Applied Physics and Instrumentation 3 Elective

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