20 Credits SPRING

Cannot be taken with: PHY118, PHY190, PHY191, PHY192, PHY193
Pre-requisites: A-level Mathematics or equivalent. A-level Physics or equivalent.

Aims/Description: This module covers the basic physics in year 1 regarding magnetism, heat, optics, and quanta. Key topics include thermal expansion of matter, heat transfer mechanisms, kinetic theory of gasses, heat engines, zero-th and first law of thermodynamics, electromagnetic radiation, speed of light in material, dispersion, refraction, Snell's law, Huygens' principle, polarisation, reflection and transmission of waves, thin lenses, single and double slit diffraction and interference, the photoelectric effect, blackbody radiation, the Bohr model, wave-particle duality and de Broglie waves, particle in a box, the wave function, the uncertainty principle, magnetic fields, Lorentz force, magnetic forces on currents, the Hall effect, the Biot-Savart law, Ampere's law, magnetic materials.

Staff Contact: Pieter Kok
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Tutorials, Problem solving, Independent Study
Assessment: Formal Exam, Course work, Online exercises, to be included in the exam results for the purpose of passing.

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