Aims/Description: This module provides the core level 2 physics content for non-theoretical degrees. It integrates physics content with supporting mathematics and practical work. Transferable skills are covered via different presentation modes for lab work. A further item is employability. The module also contains one or more items of group work. Physics topics covered are classical physics and oscillations, thermal physics, quantum mechanics, properties of matter and electromagnetism. Mathematics topics are Fourier techniques and partial differential equations. Both mathematical topics are applied to a range of the physics covered and are integrated with aspects of the practical work. The module is assessed via four standard exams (15% each), three topical and one integrative covering all the taught material, and course work (40%). Students must develop and pass a portfolio to pass the module.

Restrictions on availability: PHY21005 - prerequisites not applicable to students entering at L2 or Jilin stream

Staff Contact: MOWBRAY DAVID J
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Tutorials, Problem solving, Laboratory work, Independent Study,
Assessment: Formal Exam, Course work, Practical skills assessment, Presentation

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