10 Credits AUTUMN

Pre-requisites: PHY190


Aims/Description: This module covers a subset of first year physics content, namely optics and special relativity. Specific topics include 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, Lorentz transformations, time dilation, Minkowski space, the relativistic Doppler effect and addition of velocities, Lorentz invariance and the metric.

Staff Contact: Julie Milner
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Problem solving, Independent Study
Assessment: Formal Exam, Online physics tests or coursework depending upon availability

Information on the department responsible for this unit (Physics and Astronomy):

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