Programme/Approved Electives for 2020/21
Available as a Free Standing Elective
Registration on level 2 of a degree programme in physics or astrophysics
This module explores the theory and applications of the key topics in Geometrical Optics, Physical Optics and Thermodynamics. Thermodynamics topics include thermodynamic equilibrium, heat capacity, the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Laws, heat engines, entropy, thermodynamic potentials and phase transitions. Optics topis include refractive surfaces, thin lenses and simple optical systems, interference, diffraction and polarisation. There is also a laboratory component, which is aimed at enhancing experimental and communication skills.
Talis Aspire Reading ListAny reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/phy-20027/lists
This module aims to develop an understanding of the theory and application of geometrical optics, physical optics and thermodynamics. It also aims to develop problem solving and experimental skills in these topics.
Intended Learning Outcomes
Comprehensive understanding of the relevant theoretical and experimental background of geometrical optics, physical optics and thermodynamics.Can use a range of established techniques for critical analysis of numerical calcuations in connection with problems in geometrical optics, physical optics and thermodynamics.Extended abilities in the execution and reporting of laboratory work within the context of either physics or astrophysics.
24 hours of lectures.24 hours laboratory reports and problem sheets.12 hours problem classes.24 hours of laboratory work. 66 hours of examination revision and private study.
1: Unseen Exam weighted 60%
Description of Module Assessment
2 hour unseen examinationSection A: 10 short questions. Students to attempt all questions = 40% in total
Section B: A choice of 1 question out of 2 = 30% in total
Section C: A choice of 1 question out of 2 = 30% in total2: Tutorial weighted 10%
Completing the assigned problems in problem classes3: Exercise weighted 10%
Four problem sheets4: Laboratory Report weighted 20%
Two short laboratory reports