Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Conceptual Physics

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Mathematics and Science Education

DESCRIPTION The study-unit will emphasize the qualitative and quantitative approach to learning physics. Through problem-based tasks students are encouraged to think about physics concepts in relation to everyday life and to other science subjects.

Study-Unit Aims:

The aims of the study-unit are to help students delve deeper into:
- the nature and essence of physics principles;
- the practical applications of physics to everyday life; and
- physics as a part of a universal human culture.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- describe and measure motion, forces, momentum & laws of motion, conservation of momentum and circular motion;
- explain the difference between temperature and heat energy, heat transfer, heating matter, kinetic theory and thermodynamics;
- explain oscillatory motion, vibrations & waves, types of waves, natural phenomena related to sound and electromagnetic waves, wave nature of light;
- differentiate between charge and current, voltage and emf and work problems using resistance, circuits, electrical energy and power and efficiency;
- compare and contrast properties of Electric, Magnetic & Gravitational fields and time dependent fields;
- describe stable and unstable nuclei and radioactive phenomena, radioactive radiation, the law of radioactive decay, nuclear energy and mass-energy relations.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- carry out demonstrations and practical work related to physics;
- use the knowledge they obtained from the unit to design tasks that can support learning in informal settings.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Duncan, T. [2000] Advanced Physics (5th Ed). John Murray.

Farrell, M.P. [2011] Intermediate Physics 16-18 (3rd Ed). Allied Publications.

Moore T.A. (2003) Six ideas that shaped Physics (2nd Edition) McGraw-Hill, Higher Education.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-requisite Qualifications: A-Level Physics

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Practical

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Oral and Written Exercises (1 Hour) SEM2 Yes 50%
Oral Examination (1 Hour and 30 Minutes) SEM2 Yes 50%

LECTURER/S Charles G. Bonello (Co-ord.)
Sandro Lanfranco
Michel Spagnol

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