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BSc/MChem Chemistry with an Integrated Foundation Year
Year of entry: 2024
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Course unit details:
Waves and Particles Phys 3
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An introduction to oscillations, waves, atomic and nuclear Physics
The aim is to introduce students to oscillations, waves, atomic and nuclear Physics.
By the end of this course unit a student will be able to:
- describe the fundamental properties of a system in simple harmonic oscillation
- represent sinusoidal travelling and standing waves graphically and in equation form
- explain harmonics and resonance, including their influence on the pitch and timbre of sound
- relate the intensity of a uniform wavefront to emitted and received power
- predict how wave propagation is affected by interactions with matter (reflection, refraction or diffraction)
- discuss the origins and significance of radiation from across the electromagnetic spectrum
- with reference to both electromagnetic and matter waves, explain the evidence for wave-particle duality
- describe radioactive decay in terms of the fundamental processes and decay parameters
- use mass-energy equivalence to calculate the energy of simple nuclear reactions
Teaching and learning methods
Lectures, tutorials, drop-in sessions, private study.
Knowledge and understanding
Transferable skills and personal qualities
- Import mathematical knowledge and skills into the study of physics.
|Written assignment (inc essay)
- Formative feedback will be given during lectures, tutorials and drop-in sessions. Targeted feedback will be given following coursework assessments. Summative and formative feedback will be given following assessments, including the final exam (exam script viewing is encouraged).
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|Assessment written exam
|Independent study hours