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This subject is designed for students with a minimal background in Physics and aims to provide a foundation in physics understanding for a range of important physics principles and applications. Emphasis is placed on key concepts rather than detailed analysis.
Mechanics: describing and explaining translational motion (1-D and 2-D); laws of motion and forces; energy transfer; momentum and impulse; equilibrium in the context of human and animal movement and transport.
Waves: explore wave properties of reflection, refraction, interference and diffraction of water, light and sound in the context of optics, hearing and ultrasound.
Electrostatics and Electricity: describe than explain the effects of charge on different materials and objects; explore moving charges and electrical components such as batteries and resistors in simple electrical circuits.
Magnetism: describe the effects and origin of magnetic fields; explore the relationship between charges and magnetic fields in the context of induction and electrical motors.
Modern Physics: explore and describe the concepts behind the experiments that lead to our understanding of modern physics; Rutherford gold foil experiment, Double-Slit experiment and the Photoelectric Effect.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- understand and explain the physics principles of translational mechanics, light, water and sound waves, electrostatics and electrity, magnetism and elements of modern physics;
- apply these principles using logical reasoning, together with appropriate mathematical reasoning, to a variety of familiar and novel situations and problems;
- make considered and logical predictions of the outcomes of different physical situations in the context of the relevant physics principles; and
- acquire experimental data using a range of measurement instruments and interpret these data.
A student who completes this subject should be able to:
- explain their understanding of physics principles and applications lucidly, both in writing and orally
- acquire and interpret experimental data and design experimental investigations
- participate as an effective member of a group in tutorial discussions, laboratory and study groups
- think independently and analytically, and direct their own learning; and
- manage time effectively in order to be prepared for regular practical and tutorial classes, tests and the examination.
Last updated: 22 November 2023