Module Title:   Foundation Physics

Module Credit:   20

Module Code:   ENG0303L

Academic Year:   2015/6

Teaching Period:   Semester 1

Module Occurrence:   A

Module Level:   FHEQ Level 3

Module Type:   Linked 10+10

Provider:   Engineering

Related Department/Subject Area:   Engineering: Materials and Medical (not in use)

Principal Co-ordinator:   Dr B Whiteside/ Dr RW Clarke

Additional Tutor(s):   -

Prerequisite(s):   None

Corequisite(s):   None

To introduce electricity and magnetism as a basis for an Engineering Degree programme, and to provide a quantitative understanding of the many phenomena that waves and vibrations exhibit that will be needed in engineering courses. There is an emphasis on applications to provide practice, and to illustrate the relevance of the material.

Learning Teaching & Assessment Strategy:
Laboratory work and lectures/ seminars make up the contact time, the remainder being given over to student private study comprising report writing, tutorial exercises, directed reading and examination preparation.

Lectures:   27.00          Directed Study:   127.00           
Seminars/Tutorials:   15.00          Other:   0.00           
Laboratory/Practical:   29.00          Formal Exams:   2.00          Total:   200.00

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

Demonstrate an understanding of the physics of research instrumentation to characterise a wide range of materials at the nano-level

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

2.1 Assemble basic circuits and carry out measurements.
2.2 Perform calculations on electrical, magnetic and vibrating systems.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

3.1 Interpret data.
3.2 Solve problems systematically using the scientific method.

  Coursework   30%
  Laboratory reports
  Examination - closed book 2.00 70%
  Examination - closed book

Supplementary Assessment:
As Original

Outline Syllabus:
Electricity and magnetism:
Electrical Safety. What is electricity? Examples in nature & engineering. Experimental or empirical nature of electrical concepts. Electrical charge: Forces between isolated charges. Relationship between charge & current. Current, voltage, resistance & capacitance: Observation & confirmation of Ohm`s Law. Kirchhoff`s Laws. Series and parallel resistance & capacitance. Meters & bridges: Ammeters, voltmeters, potentiometers & Wheatstone bridges. Electrical Field Strength. Force on unit charge. Potential energy. Electrical potential difference: Relation to field strength. Magnetic Fields: Generation by permanent magnets & electric& magnetic materials. Electromagnetics: Lorentz-Heaviside equation for the force on moving charge, Faraday-Lenz law of electromagnetic induction. Electric motors & generators.
Waves and Vibrations:
Simple harmonic motion: Essential features illustrated by engineering examples. Universal wave properties: modes of travelling, frequency, amplitude, wavelength, phase, wavefronts, superimposition, interference, diffraction, refraction, Doppler effect, beating, amplitude & frequency modulation. Applications in engineering & science. Specific behaviour of sound waves: Creation & detection, quantification, intensity, & the acoustic decibel. Resonance in pipes & strings, waves in solids, attenuation. Applications. Ultrasonic Waves: The piezo-electric effect. Applications in engineering & medicine. Electromagnetic waves: The electromagnetic spectrum & properties. Measurement of properties. Application

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