Module Identifier PH23620  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Dr Tudor E Jenkins  
Semester Semester 1  
Other staff Professor Keith Birkinshaw, Dr Eleri Pryse  
Pre-Requisite PH10310 , PH10110  
Course delivery Lecture   40 Hours. 40 X 1 hour Lectures  
  Seminars / Tutorials   4  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam3 Hours  70%
Semester Assessment Course work: Example Sheets and Tutorials. Deadlines for example sheets are detailded in the year 2 example sheet schedule distributed by the Department.30%
Supplementary Exam3 Hours  100%

Learning outcomes

On Completion of the module students should be able to:

Brief description

This module will provide a systematic understanding of the principles of modern physics from its origins to classical physics. The two strands will be used to develop the central concepts of dynamics, and energy, momentum and rotational motion embodied in Newton's Laws and the way in which these are altered in Einstein's theory of Special Relativity. The counter-intuitive concepts of Quantum Physics like wave-particle duality will be formulated and contrasted with the concepts of Classical Physics. Both approaches will be used to accurately predict physical phenomena in space and time, both on the macroscopic and on the microscopic scale. This will enable uncertainty and ambiguity to be understood at the quantum level and the precise orbits of the planets to be appreciated on astronomical scales. It will also provide the conceptual framework for understanding the fundamental properties of atoms, molecules and materials.

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
P.A. Tippler Physics for Scientists and Engineers Freeman Worth 1572596732
** Supplementary Text
A.P. French Newtonian Mechanics Van Nostrand Reinhold
A.P. French Special Relativity Van Nostrand Reinhold
Beiser Concepts of Modern Physics McGraw-Hill
Wher, Richards and Adair Physics of the Atom Addison-Wesley


This module is at CQFW Level 5