SEF005 PHYSICS - MECHANICS AND MATERIALS (P1)

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SEF005

PHYSICS
-

MECHANICS AND MATERIALS

(P1)


Module Organiser / Lecturer(s):


Ms Evette Burton

Scheduled Classes:

Semester 1

3 lectures and one 1
-
hour workshop per week

Assessment:

Examination:

70%

Coursewor
k:


30%

Expected Background:

Students should have
:

GCSE Mathem
atics Grade C, or equivalent,

GCSE
Science
, or equivalent.


Module Description & Aims

This is one of three modules providing a detailed introduction to concepts of physics. This
course covers
the following topics: Newtonian mechanics, including statics, linear and
rotational dynamics; forces and energy, and their role in the molecular structure of matter,
properties of liquids and gases; basic concepts of thermodynamics.


Module Synopsis



Dynami
cs: scalars, vectors; speed and velocity, acceleration; motion under gravity.



Force and energy: momentum; Newton's laws of motion; work, energy, power;
conservation of momentum and energy; elastic and inelastic collisions; energy and
efficiency.



Statics: e
quilibrium of forces; moments and turning forces; centre of gravity; friction;
conditions for equilibrium.



Rotational dynamics: Uniform circular motion; angular acceleration;



Building blocks of matter: quarks and leptons; protons, neutrons and electrons;
atoms; molecules and their measurement; states of matter; intermolecular forces.



Strengths of solids: behaviour of solids; elasticity; x
-
ray diffraction; structure of
metals; glass; polymers.



Thermal properties: temperature; heat capacity; thermal expansio
n; thermal radiation



Gases: ideal gases; kinetic theory of gases; diffusion; real gases.


Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course students should be able to:



Explain basic concepts in Newtonian mechanics



Explain basic concepts involving energy, forces a
nd motion



Describe and account for the different states of matter



Account for the properties of a range of materials



Answer qualitative and quantitative questions at an appropriate level on the topics
listed in the Module Synopsis


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Assessment Details and
Completion Requirements

Coursework assessment is based on a contribution from weekly homework and other
exercises, plus contributions from each of two tests to be held during the term.

The final examination is of 2 h 30 min duration.

Students must achieve
an overall mark of at least 40% in order to pass this module.

Resits

: student who fail the module at the first
-
attempt are required to undertake a synoptic
reassessment consisting of a 2 h 30 min examination.


Recommended Textbooks

New Understanding Physi
cs for Advanced Level
, by Jim Breithhaupt

(4th edition, published by Nelson Thornes, 1999)


Other text books:

A
-
level Physics
, by Roger Muncaster.(4th edition, published by Nelson Thornes, 1993).

Advanced Physics
, by Tom Duncan (4th edition, published by
John Murray, 1994).

Physics
, by Robert Hutchings (published by Nelson, 1992).