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PHS1722
Faculty of Science
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6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL
SynopsisThis unit provides the student with a basic knowledge of a range of physical science topics and skills that are important for students proceeding toward a science degree. Topics covered include: force, work and energy; circular motion; heat transfer and thermal properties; the laws of thermodynamics; electrical charges and their properties; analysis of simple electrical circuits; magnetism and its applications; an introduction to quantum theory; radioactive decay, radiation measurement and safety. The emphasis in approach is on the application of physical principles. Some mathematical problem solving is included, but a knowledge of calculus is not assumed. ObjectivesOn completion of this unit, students will be able to apply Newton's laws, the workenergy principle and conservation of energy to analyse simple dynamics problems; apply kinetic theory and the gas laws to explain heat transfer, temperature and thermal properties of materials; apply the laws of thermodynamics and the concept of entropy to describe thermal processes; apply Coulomb's law to simple charge distributions to determine forces, electric field strengths and potentials; analyse simple DC circuits involving series and parallel resistors; determine the force on moving charges in magnetic fields; describe the concept of magnetism, its production and use in electromagnetic devices and instruments; understand the quantum nature of radiation and explain its role in the photoelectric effect; describe different types of radioactive decay, the fundamental emissions associated with these and solve problems using decay rates or halflives; understand the concept of binding energy and its role in nuclear stability; describe the passage of radiation through matter and the basic principles of dosimetry. Assessment
Examination (3 hours): 66% Contact hoursThree hours of lectures per week and two hours of practical/tutorial work per week Prohibitions 