Module Identifier PH02510  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator Mr Barry Henley  
Semester Semester 2  
Other staff Coleg Ceredigion Staff  
Pre-Requisite GCSE Mathematics and Science, or equivalent  
Co-Requisite None  
Mutually Exclusive Not available to students on 3 year BSc (Hons) or 4 year MPhys schemes  
Course delivery Lecture   22 Hours  
  Seminar   4 Hours  
  Tutorial   3 Hours  
Assessment Continuous assessment   Example classes in weeks 3,6,8, & 11   20%  
  Exam   End of semester examination   80%  

Brief description

The concept of electric charge is introduced and electric force, field and potential are explained in terms of Coulomb's Law with illustrative examples. The alternative approach of Gauss's Law is introduced. The flow of charge is considered and this leads to Ohm's Law and the concept of resistance. Capacitors and resistors are examined and examples are given of their use in electric circuits. Magnetic fields and forces are introduced and applied to simple systems - electric motors and the motion of charged particles. The Biot-Savart Law is used to estimate the magnetic flux and this leads to Faraday's Law of induction, electric generators and inductance. A brief introduction is given to alternating currents in resistors, capacitors and inductors.

Learning outcomes

After taking this module students should be able to:

Additional learning activities

Tutorials and Example Classes

Outline syllabus


Positive and negative charge
Conductors, insulators and semiconductors
Coulomb's Law
Electric field and potential - Gauss's Law, equipotentials
Capacitors - construction, series and parallel combinations, stored energy.
Current and resistance - resistance, Ohm's Law, resistivity, ammeters, voltmeters
DC circuits - resistors in series and parallel, internal resistance, energy, power
Kirchoff's rules.


Magnetic fields associated with moving electric charges.
Magnetic field in terms of force on a moving electric charge.
Magnetic force on a current carrying wire.
Torque on a current loop, electric motors and galvanometer.
Charge motion in electromagnetic field, Lorentz force, velocity selection, Hall effect.
Mag. field calc., Biot-Savart Law, permeability, current carrying coil, long wire.
Force between two parallel wires, Ampere.
Electromag. induction, Faraday's Law, Lenz Law, motional EMF, electric generator.
Induction, self induction.
AC currents in resistive, capacitative abd inductive circuits, reactance.

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
M. Nelkon and P. Parker. Advanced Level Physics. Heinemann Educational 0 435 686682
Keller, Gettys and Skove. Physics Classical and Modern. McGraw-Hill 0070234604