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Archived Version 2005 - 2006

Module Title Physics For General Science II
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 PS112
Co-requisite None
Module Aims
7This module aims to provide a comprehensive introduction to the physics topics of optics and electricity & magnetism, directed towards general science and computing students. 7The subjects taught and the method of approach will be chosen to give students a full and thorough knowledge of the topics. 7The modules aims to develop student knowledge and appreciation of general physics and to be able to confidently handle problems, using non-calculus-based methods. 7Students also taking the Physics Laboratory module PS153 will be able to see the relationship between the classroom material and their practical experiments.

Learning Outcomes
7The student should gain familiarity with the more advanced concepts in optics and electricity & magnetism. 7The student should be able to confidently tackle problems in these areas and apply the knowledge gained to the physics laboratory aspect of their course. 7The student should be aware of the relevance of the topics studied to their field(s) of specialisation. 7This 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
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 Assessment20% Examination Weight80%
Indicative Reading List
Essential: Physics: (6th edition) by D.C. Giancoli (Prentice Hall 2005) Supplementary: How things work by Louis A Bloomfield (2nd edition) Wiley 2001 University Physics by H. D. Young, (Addison Wesley 1992)Understanding Physics by M. Mansfield and C. O’Sullivan (Wiley 1998)
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