Physics 1 (Properties of Matter and Waves) 2023-24
Bangor University International College (Department)
Module - Semester 1 & 2
This module builds on the science knowledge gained from prior studies to provide the appropriate foundation in Physics knowledge and related practical skills. The content covered in this module will further enable you to be successful in your undergraduate studies in the fields of engineering and computer science.
The main topics covered are: - Waves and Properties of waves - Sound; oscillators - Reflection and refraction - Interference and diffraction - Electromagnetic waves; wave speed formulae - Matter - Materials – Strength of solids; Elastic behaviour; Structure of solids; Fluids; Non-viscous flow; Viscous flow; Surfaces - Heat and Gases – Temperature; Heat capacities; Thermal coefficient; Thermal conduction; Thermal radiation; Ideal gases; - Thermodynamics of ideal gases; Real gases; Vapours; Entropy and equilibrium - Structure of the atom – Properties of the electron; Free electrons in metals; Electrons within atoms; Energy emitted by electrons; - Properties of the nucleus; Radioactivity, Fission and Fusion
Threshold (40-49% / D- to D+): Student has made sufficient progress in the study of this module to achieve the lowest level of pass allowing for progression onto an undergraduate degree.
Satisfactory (50 – 59% / C- to C+): Student demonstrates reasonably comprehensive coverage of learning outcomes, indicating generally accurate understanding, based on lecture material and some core readings. Some gaps in knowledge and/or understanding evident.
Good (60-69% / B- to B+): Student has displayed a sound basic knowledge and understanding of much of the material studied in this module and achieved a high enough grade to indicate a clear ability to cope with the demands of an undergraduate level degree.
Excellent (70% + / A- to A*): Student has engaged consistently well with all aspects of the module and strong achievement in assessments indicates the ability to perform effectively at undergraduate degree level.
- Carry out calculations using a consistent set of units
- Demonstrate an understanding of the main ideas and methods studied and apply their understanding to solve problems
- Demonstrate how physics is used in everyday life to solve practical problems
- Describe phenomena in terms of geometrical, pictorial and mathematical models
- Use the theoretical structure of the subject by applying it to the techniques of experimental physics
Independent lab report based on a practical session completed in small groups.
Final unseen exam comprising of questions covering the material covered in lessons.