# MEng Materials Science and Engineering with Biomaterials / Course details

Year of entry: 2023

## Course unit details:Preliminary Physics

Unit code MATS16661 0 Level 4 Semester 1 Department of Materials No

### Overview

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.

### Aims

The unit aims to provide essential knowledge of physics for the study of materials science at undergraduate degree level.

### Learning outcomes

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.

### Intellectual skills

• 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.

### Practical skills

• 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 methods

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).

### Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 10
Independent study hours
Independent study 80

### Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Andrew Thomas Unit coordinator