FHEQ Level: Level 4 (First Year)
Module Code: F300 10036
Course Reference Number (CRN): 59402
Delivery: September Start, Trimesters 1&2 (Long Thin)
• Dynamics in 1D, 2D and 3D
• Newton’s Laws of Motion
• Work and Energy
• Momentum and Collisions
• Rotational Motion
• Angular Momentum
• The Postulates of Special Relativity
• Lorentz Transformation
• Relativistic Momentum and Energy
• The Origins of Quantum Physics
• Photons and Matter Waves
• Electrons in Confinement: Quantisation of Energy
Coursework: Assignment 1, 50%
Coursework: Assignment 2, 50%
More detailed information may be found in the Assessments section.
Principles of Physics, 10th Edition International Student Version, Haliday, Resnick and Walker, (2014) John Wiley & Sons ISBN-10 : 1118230744
University Physics with Modern Physics, 14th Edition Global Edition; Young and Freedman (2019) Pearson ISBN-10 : 1292314737
Further updates and supplementary texts may be found in the University Reading Lists system.
You will learn about the laws and applications of classical mechanics and how the principles of relativity and quantum physics adapt these laws to describe motion at relativistic speeds and of very small entities such as atoms and electrons. The module is taught by a combination of lectures and interactive workshop.
1. You will develop a knowledge of the main ideas underpinning classical mechanics, special relativity and quantum physics, including the origin and limitations of the associated laws.
2. You will develop an understanding of the application of mathematical techniques to the fields of classical mechanics and special relativity.
3. You will develop analytical problem-solving skills, including the reasoned application of assumptions and approximations.
4. You will develop an understanding of the limitations of classical mechanics and the roles of special relativity and quantum physics.
5. You will be able to communicate the basic concepts involved in special relativity and quantum physics.
Knowledge & Understanding
On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of the laws and their origins in the area of classical mechanics.
2. Apply the principles of classical mechanics to the solution of a given problems, including a reasoning of assumptions, approximations and limitations.
3. Demonstrate an understanding of the laws and their origins in the areas of basic special relativity and the origins of quantum physics.
4. Apply the principles of special relativity and quantum physics to the solution of a given problems, including a reasoning of assumptions, approximations and limitations.
5. Demonstrate an appreciation of the areas of physics where it is necessary to progress from classical mechanics to special relativity and quantum physics.
Learning, Teaching and Assessment
Teaching will be conducted via short lectures covering basic principles and applications. Each lecture will be pared with a workshop where group-based problem-solving exercises will be facilitated under guided supervision and discussion. This approach is designed to promote the development of problem-solving skills through peer discussion, reasoning and decision making. Verbal feedback will be given in the workshops guide and challenge the students.
Two summative assignments will be given, one in each teaching trimester. The assignments will test the students problem-solving skills in addition to how they are able to communicate their justification of methodology and reasoning.
Two formative assignments will be given each semester, comprising shorter problem-solving exercises, which will enable students to receive feedback on how they have approached the problems and suggestions for improvement.