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BSc Materials Science and Engineering / Course details
Year of entry: 2023
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Course unit details:
|Unit level||Level 4|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1|
|Offered by||Department of Materials|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
This online unit covers a range of topics in Physics at A-level standard. It targets students who have not previously studied A-level, or equivalent, physics.
The unit aims to provide essential knowledge of physics for the study of materials science at undergraduate degree level.
A greater depth of the learning outcomes will be covered in the follwing sections:
- Knowledge and understanding
- Intellectual skills
- Practical skills
- Transferable skills and personal qualities
Teaching and learning methods
Lectures incorporating problem solving activities and two workshop sessions
Knowledge and understanding
- Explain conceptually the differences between solids, liquids and gases in terms of bonding and motion of atoms/molecules.
- Differentiate between the macroscopic (pressure, temperature) and the microscopic (kinetic energy of atoms/molecules) properties of a gas.
- Demonstrate an understanding of heat transfer in solids.
- Describe different forms of energy and conservation of energy.
- Calculate complex forces using vectors, moments and torque.
- Explain the differences between different wave motion and types.
- Explain how interference and diffraction occur and use relevant equations to calculate wavelengths or grating separations.
- Describe the concepts of capacitance and resistance and how these properties are affected in DC and AC circuits.
- Understand the link between basic physics concepts and application to materials science.
- Manipulation of physical equations with relevance to the field of materials science
- Understanding of how key concepts in physcs undelie physical properties of materials and characterisation techniques.
- Solve mathmetical problems analytically
- Apply physical principles to Materials Science and Engineering
Transferable skills and personal qualities
- Working in small groups and working collaboratively.
Feedback is provided within the interactive problems classes.
Tom Duncan, Advanced Physics, John Murray (2000). Nelkon and Parker, Advanced Level PhysicsTom Duncan, Advanced Physics, John Murray (2000).
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|Andrew Thomas||Unit coordinator|