Module Identifier PH03010  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Dr Sian A Jones  
Semester Semester 1  
Other staff Dr Geraint O Thomas  
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   20 Hours  
  Seminars / Tutorials   3 Hours Tutorial.  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours  80%
Semester Assessment Continuous Assessment: 1 open book test in week 6 and 1 closed book test in week1120%

Learning outcomes

After taking this module students should be able to:

Brief description

Matter consists of atoms and molecules in solid, liquid or gas phase. The structure and size of atoms - protons, neutrons and electrons are first discussed. Quantisation of energy and ionisation potential. Molecular structure is discussed with emphasis on the types of bonding between atoms and molecules. The influences of temperature on the properties of matter is then considered. The behaviour of solids undergoing stress and strain. A simple model of an ideal gas as a collection of hard spheres is shown to lead to an understanding of transport properties of gases and deviations from ideal behaviour. Properties of gases are examined from the point of view of the First Law of Thermodynamics.


Atomic structure - Protons, neutrons, electrons, isotopes and radioactive decay.
Avogadro's constant and the mole.
Emission spectra and electron energy levels within atoms.
Ionic, covalent, metallic bonding.
Interatomic and intermolecular forces.
Structure of solids and associated physical properties.
Specific heat capacity and latent heat, thermal conductivity.
Solids - stress and strain, elasticity, Young'r modulus.
Ideal gases - gas laws, equation of state.
Isochoric, isothermal, isobaric processes.
Thermal properties of matter - heat, work, internal energy.
First law of thermodynamics.

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 McGaw-Hill


This module is at CQFW Level 3