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Module Specifications

Archived Version 2010 - 2011

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

Online Module Resources

NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The purpose of this module is to provide students with an introduction to the physics topics of optics and electricity & magnetism, directed towards general science and computing students. The subjects taught and the method of approach will be chosen to give students a full and thorough knowledge of the topics. 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. Students also taking the Physics Laboratory module PS153 will be able to see the relationship between the classroom material and their practical experiments.

Learning Outcomes

1. Be familiar with the basic physical concepts as they relate to electricity, magnetism and optics.
2. Solve numerical problems in electricity, magnetism and optics.
3. Explain the physical principles which underpin the experiments in PS153.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture36three lecture per week
Tutorial9one tutorial per week
Independent Study50revision of lecture material, supplementary reading
Total Workload: 95

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

Indicative Syllabus
Electric Charge and fields, Gauss Law and flux, Electric potential, Capacitors and dielectrics, Current, resistance and EMF, DC circuits, Magnetic fields and forces, Amperes Law and magnetic field sources, EM Induction Maxwell's equations, Inductance, AC circuits and resonance, EM waves, Optical waves and propagation, Imaging systems, microscopes and telescopes, Interference and diffraction, Introduction to lasers and holography

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment20% Examination Weight80%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
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
Indicative Reading List

  • D.C. Giancoli: 2005, Physics, 6th,
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