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Module Specifications

Archived Version 2020 - 2021

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

This module provides general science students with a comprehensive introduction to the physics topics of waves & optics and electricity & magnetism. The module aims to develop students' knowledge and appreciation of physics and their ability to confidently handle physics problems using algebra-based methods. Students also taking the Physics Laboratory module PS153 will be able to see the relationship between the lecture material and experiments.

Learning Outcomes

1. Describe and apply basic physical concepts related to waves & optics and electricity & magnetism.
2. Solve numerical problems in waves & optics and electricity & magnetism
3. Explain the physical principles underpinning the experiments in PS153.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture36Three lectures per week
Assignment Completion12Pre-lecture reading
Assignment Completion24Homework assignments
Independent Study53No Description
Total Workload: 125

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 Assessment25% Examination Weight75%
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

  • Alan Giambattista: 2019, Physics, 5th, McGrawHill,
Other Resources

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