Module Identifier PH02510  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Mr Barry Henley  
Semester Semester 2  
Other staff Mr Barry Henley  
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  
  Seminars / Tutorials   3 Hours Tutorial.  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam End of semester examination80%
Semester Assessment Continuous Assessment: Example classes in weeks 3,6,8, & 1120%

Learning outcomes

After taking this module students should be able to:

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.


Electric Charge:

Positive and negative charge
Conductors, insulators and semiconductors
Coulomb's Law
Electric field, potential and equipotentials
Force on and motion of charged particle in a uniform electric field
Charge and discharge of capacitors, time constant and half life decay
Capacitors - construction, series and parallel combinations, stored energy.

DC Electricity:

Current and resistance;resistance, Ohm's Law, resistivity, ammeters, voltmeters
DC circuits - resistors in series and parallel, internal resistance, energy, power
Potential dicider circuits
Kirchoff's rules.

AC Electricity:

AC currents in resistive, capacitive and inductive circuits; reactance and impedence
Analysis of AC circuits using phasor diagrams, vector methods and complex numbers
Power and phase angle
RCL circuits in series and parallel, conditions for resonance

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


This module is at CQFW Level 3