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Archived Version 2003 - 2004

Module Title Physics For General Science 2
Module Code PS123
School School of Physical Sciences

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Module Co-ordinatorProf. Enda McGlynnOffice NumberN106
Module Co-ordinatorProf. Enda McGlynnOffice NumberN106
Level 1 Credit Rating 0
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Module Aims
7 This module aims to provide a comprehensive introduction to the physics topics of optics and electricity & magnetism, directed towards general science students. 7 The subjects taught and the method of approach will be chosen to give students a full and thorough knowledge of the topics. In particular, emphasis will be placed on the relationship of the classroom material to the practical experiments undertaken by the students in module PS153. 7 The modules aims to develop student knowledge and appreciation of general physics and to be able to confidently handle problems, using non-calculus-based methods.

Learning Outcomes
7 The student should gain familiarity with the more advanced concepts in optics and electricity & magnetism. 7 The student should be able to confidently tackle problems in these areas and apply the knowledge gained to the physics laboratory aspect of their course. 7 The student should be aware of the relevance of the topics studied to their field(s) of specialisation. 7 This awareness will focus on the possible sources of confusion for students with certain topics which are more conceptually demanding or abstract than normal. The module will be structured to address these issues, giving the students a good background and understanding of these topics.

Indicative Time Allowances
Lectures 34
Tutorials 12
Laboratories 0
Seminars 2
Independent Learning Time 27

Total 75
Assume that a 0 credit module load represents approximately 75 hours' work, which includes all teaching, in-course assignments, laboratory work or other specialised training and an estimated private learning time associated with the module.

Indicative Syllabus
Electricity and Magnetism: ¿ Electric Charge and fields, Gauss' Law and flux ¿ Electric potential ¿ Capacitors and dielectrics ¿ Current, resistance and EMF ¿ DC circuits ¿ Magnetic fields and forces ¿ Ampere's Law and magnetic field sources ¿ EM Induction ¿ Maxwell's equations ¿ Inductance ¿ AC circuits and resonance Optics: ¿ EM waves ¿ Optical waves and propagation ¿ Imaging systems, microscopes and telescopes ¿ Interference and diffraction ¿ Introduction to lasers and holography
Continuous Assessment0% Examination Weight100%
Indicative Reading List
Essential: Physics: Principles with Applications by D.C. Giancoli (Prentice Hall 1997) Supplementary: University Physics by H. D. Young, (Addison Wesley 1992) Understanding Physics by M. Mansfield and C. O'Sullivan (Wiley 1998)
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