School of Chemical and Physical Sciences

Faculty of Natural Sciences

For academic year: 2022/23 Last Updated: 28 November 2022

PHY-10024 - Nature of matter

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This level 1 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 the requisite material is taught in a Physics context. Also included is a laboratory component (which includes experiments on some of the subject matter delivered in lectures).

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.

http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/phy-10024/lists

Understand basic concepts in classical physics and their application to gases and solids: 1,3,4,5

Use mathematics (including calculus) in solving physical and astrophysical problems: 2,4,5

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: 3

Appreciate (i) inadequacy of classical physics and (ii) the need for quantum theory to understand gases and solids: 1,4,5

Use mathematics (including calculus) in solving physical and astrophysical problems: 2,4,5

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: 3

Appreciate (i) inadequacy of classical physics and (ii) the need for quantum theory to understand gases and solids: 1,4,5

Lectures 24h

Problem classes 6h

Laboratory sessions 18h

Maths support classes 5h

Maths problem classes 4h

Problem sheets 18h

Maths class test/unseen examination 1h

Laboratory reports 12h

Directed reading/independent study 60h

Examination 2h

Problem classes 6h

Laboratory sessions 18h

Maths support classes 5h

Maths problem classes 4h

Problem sheets 18h

Maths class test/unseen examination 1h

Laboratory reports 12h

Directed reading/independent study 60h

Examination 2h

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2-hour unseen written examination

Exam 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.

1-hour unseen Mathematics examination

The test assesses the maths component attached to the module.

Laboratory and Computing Sessions

Continuous 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%).

Problem Sheets

Three assessed problem sheets, which are equivalent to 500 words.

Problem Classes

Tutor-moderated classes in which students complete assigned problems on Maths and Nature of Matter, with assistance given as necessary.