Course Description

Course Name

Physics for Engineers

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 “mechanics, waves and optics” as a foundation for more advanced study of physics and for application in other sciences. It covers the topics of motion, Newton laws, work, energy, linear and angular momentum, rotation, equilibrium, gravitation, damped and driven oscillators, mechanical and acoustic waves, geometric and wave optics.

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 you should be able to:

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

State and apply the Conservation Laws of Energy and Momentum in linear, rotational and 2D cases;
Apply the laws of geometrical optics to mirror and lenses;

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

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.

Perform calculations involving electrical field and potential and describe the motion of particles in electric and magnetic fields;

Analyse DC circuits using Kirchhoff’s Laws;

Understand AC theory with reference to inductors, capacitors and resistors and be able to analysis the performance of LCR circuits;

Use Ampere’s and Biot-Savart’s law to determine the magnetic induction of simple conductors;

Describe the operation of motors and generators in relation to Faraday’s and Lenz’s laws;

State & understand the meaning of Maxwell Equations and its implication to EM waves in vacuum;

Solve simple problems using Lorentz transformation and decide when Special Relativity should be used;

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