Programme/Approved Electives for 2020/21
Available as a Free Standing Elective
This level 4 module is delivered in the first semester and provides an introduction to the subject material that bridges the gap between pre-university study and the first year of a university Physics/Astrophysics course. It explores the nature of solid and gaseous matter from the classical picture to the need for a quantum description. It sets the stage for more advanced study of quantum physics, thermodynamics and solid state physics in the second year.A mathematics component is included, in which fundamental techniques routinely used in physics are taught and practised. There is also a laboratory component, which involves bench work, computing and communication exercises.
Talis Aspire Reading ListAny reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/phy-10024/lists
To provide an understanding of the behaviour of gases and solids in terms of the atomic and quantum nature of matter, and to introduce the mathematics necessary to achieve this understanding. To provide insight into some of these topics through laboratory work.
Intended Learning Outcomes
Understand basic concepts in classical physics and their application to gases and solids, will be achieved by assessments.Appreciate (i) inadequacy of classical physics and (ii) the need for quantum theory to understand gases and solids, will be achieved by assessments.Use mathematics (including calculus) in solving physical and astrophysical problems, will be achieved by assessments.Carry out laboratory experiments, keep a complete, accurate and professional account of the work. Communicate the results in a professional manner via laboratory reports. Manipulate data using IT. Develop algorithms and write simple code, will be achieved by assessments.
Lectures 24hProblem classes 6hLaboratory sessions 18hMaths support classes 5hMaths problem classes 4hProblem sheets 18hMaths class test/unseen examination 1hLaboratory reports 12hDirected reading/independent study 60hExamination 2h
1: Unseen Exam weighted 40%
Description of Module Assessment
2-hour unseen written examinationExam paper has two sections: Section A - 10 short questions with total marks 40/100;
Section B - choice of 2 out of 4 long questions worth 60/100 marks.2: Class Test weighted 20%
1-hour unseen Mathematics examination3: Laboratory Assessment weighted 20%
Laboratory and Computing SessionsContinuous assessment of a laboratory diary containing several experiments (weight 30%). Assessment of a formal lab
report (weight 60%). Assessment of a computer programming exercises (weight 10%).4: Problem Sheets weighted 10%
Problem SheetsThree assessed problem sheets.5: Tutorial weighted 10%
Problem ClassesTutor-moderated classes in which students complete assigned problems on Maths and Nature of Matter, with assistance
given as necessary. Assessment is based on weekly attendance and engagement.