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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Physics for General Science 1
Module Code PS132
School School of Physical Sciences
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Paul Van Kampen
Semester 2: Paul Van Kampen
Autumn: Paul Van Kampen
Module TeachersPaul Van Kampen
Cezar Gaman
Jens Ducree
Jim Conway
Miles Turner
Timo Gans
Ruth Saunders
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 7.5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Repeat examination

This module provides a comprehensive introduction to the physics topics of mechanics, fluids, heat and temperature for general science and sport science students. The module aims to help students develop their understanding of concepts and applications of physics, their ability to confidently handle physics problems using algebra-based methods, and to develop transferable laboratory and communication skills.

Learning Outcomes

1. Describe and apply basic physical concepts as they relate to mechanics, fluids and heat and temperature
2. Solve numerical problems in mechanics, fluids, and heat and temperature
3. Describe, apply and explain in detail the concepts of speed and acceleration, force, work and energy, impulse and momentum; density, pressure, volume, and temperature
4. Explain the physical principles which underpin associated laboratory experiments

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture36Lecture attendance
Online activity12Pre-lecture reading
Assignment Completion24Homework assignments
Laboratory36Guided inquiry physics tasks
Online activity6Laboratory Pretests and Prelabs
Independent Study76Individual study time
Total Workload: 190

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Nature of science; proportional reasoning; graphing; reasoning skills

Laboratory skills
Designing, implementing, critiquing experiments. Measurement and uncertainty. Graphing and tabulation. Reporting.

Distance, time, speed, acceleration; uniform and uniformly accelerated motion; 1-D and 2-D motion.

Forces, Newton's laws of motion, free-body diagrams. Impulse and momentum. Work and energy.

Statics, angular motion, torque.

Properties of matter
Fluid dynamics, elasticity in solids, viscosity and surface tension in fluids

Thermal Physics
Heat and temperature, kinetic theory of gases, laws of thermodynamics

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment50% Examination Weight50%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Laboratory PortfolioLaboratory pretests, prelabs, and exam35%As required
AssignmentOnline pre-lecture assignments and homework exercises15%Every Week
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Giambattista: 2019, Physics, 5th Edition, McGrawHill, (online e-text),
  • OpenStax: 2021, College Physics, https://openstax.org/details/books/college-physics,
Other Resources

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Date of Last Revision17-JAN-12

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