Course Description

Course Name

Physics for Life Sciences

Session: VGSU3121

Hours & Credits

30 Scotcat Credits

Prerequisites & Language Level

Overview

Short Description

Block 1: To explore the basic ideas of physics in the areas of dynamics (from a vectorial point of view), and thermal physics as a foundation for more advanced study of physics and for application in other sciences. 

Block 2: To explore the basic ideas of physics in the areas of waves & optics, electricity, electronics and magnetism (using vector formalism where appropriate), and quantum phenomena as a foundation for more advanced study of physics and for application in other sciences.

Assessment

Description of Summative Assessment: 

Assessment: Unseen examination (60%) 90 minutes exam paper consisting of 6 short written questions.  Course work consists of laboratory work (20%) and online assignments and class tests (20%).

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

On completion of the course the student should be able to:

Apply Newton’s Laws of Motion to a particle motion in a single straight line, uniform circular motion and simple harmonic motion;

State and apply the Conservation Laws of Energy and Momentum;

Decide when Special Relativity should be used;

State the meaning of temperature and heat, and heat capacity;

Distinguish different mechanisms of heat transfer, and know some of the thermal properties of gases;

Relate the structure of materials to molecular bonding mechanisms;

Perform calculations based on the molecular properties of matter;

Apply standard equations of hydrostatics and elasticity;

Perform laboratory experiments and present the results in a word-processed report;

Use a spreadsheet package to analyse laboratory results, and incorporate table and graphs in a word-
processed report.

Apply the laws of geometrical optics to mirror and lenses;

Describe waves mathematically, and apply this to treat optical interference;

Describe the operation of lasers;

Perform calculations involving electrical field and potential;

Analyse DC circuits using Kirchhoff’s Laws;

Design circuits involving operational amplifiers;

Describe the motion of particles in electric and magnetic fields, and calculate the magnetic force on a
conductor;

Carry out calculations in atomic physics;

Describe properties of photons, and appreciate wave-particle duality;

State some facts and concepts of Elementary Particle Physics and Cosmology;

Perform laboratory experiments and present the results in a word-processed report;

Use a spreadsheet package to analyse laboratory results, and incorporate table and graphs in a word-
processed report.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits:

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.

*Course content subject to change