Physics & Astrophysics
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Welcome to Physics and Astrophysics at Keele
This website has been set up to help you prepare for the start of your degree course at Keele, but if there are any issues that are not addressed then please do not hesitate to contact me by phone or e-mail.
To ensure that you have full details of your timetable and other course information, it is essential that you attend the events detailed below. These events will take place in the Lennard-Jones Laboratories. You can download and print a Keele University colour campus map and guide to help you find your way around. The Lennard-Jones laboratories are located in square G7.
Registration: 12.00 - 13.00, Monday 24th September 2018, Room LJ 1.17
Welcome Meeting: 13.00 - 14.00, Monday 24th September 2018, Room LJ 1.75
Keele University Welcome Web contains further general information regarding your arrival at Keele, registration with the university and accommodation.
On behalf of my colleagues, and myself I would like to welcome you to Keele and to the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences. I hope that you will enjoy your time studying physics or astrophysics with us at Keele and I can assure you that the staff will do all they can to make your time here successful and rewarding.
I look forward to seeing you on 24th September 2018.
Dr. Arumugam Mahendrasingam
Preparing to come
Two textbooks in particular provide an essential basis for large parts of the whole first year in all Combined Honours and Single Honours courses:
- “University Physics with Modern Physics” by Hugh D. Young & Roger A. Freedman (Pearson, 2015; 14th ed., Global Edition, ISBN 978-1292100319)
- “Mathematics for Physicists” by Brian R. Martin & Graham Shaw (Wiley, 2015; ISBN 978-0470660225, www.wiley.com/go/martin/mathsforphysicists)
In Semester 2, one of the modules in common to all Physics, Astrophysics, Combined Honours and Single Honours programmes additionally uses
- “Vibrations and Waves” by George C. King (Wiley, 2009; ISBN 978-0470011898)
Finally, if you are studying either Combined Honours Astrophysics or Single Honours Physics with Astrophysics, there is a further basic text in Semester 2:
- “Fundamental Astronomy” by H. Karttunen, P. Kroger, H. Oja, M. Poutanen & K. Donner (Springer-Verlag, 2017; 6th ed., ISBN 978-3662530443)
You will of course need to supplement these texts by consulting other sources in the University Library and the web, and you will need other texts later in your course.
Although your A-levels and other pre-university courses are behind you, study of physics and associated mathematics is not! You will probably find it useful to bring your notes and any texts you may have with you to Keele.
You will have heard from the University already about general arrangements for your arrival, registration with the University and locating your accommodation. If you have any queries you should refer initially to the University’s Welcome Web Page.
You must also register as a Physics or Astrophysics student within the School. To do this you should visit the teaching laboratory within the Lennard-Jones Building LJ1.17 (G7, on the Keele University colour campus map and guide which will be signposted), sometime between 12:00 and 13:00 on Monday 24th September. Note that it is essential you enrol with the University before registering with the department. You will normally have done this on Saturday 22nd September.
There will be an introductory talk on the Physics and the Astrophysics courses, with an opportunity for questions, at 13.00 on Monday 24th September, in the Lennard-Jones Building room LJ1.75 (G7, on the Campus Map, which will be signposted).
- The Handbook of Mathematics, Physics and Astronomy is an invaluable source of information for all Physics and Astrophysics modules. It includes fundamental constants, calculus, statistics, etc.
- Martin V. Zombeck's Handbook of Space Astronomy & Astrophysics is available on-line.
University computer account
You will find your username and password for use on the University computer in your Keele introductory pack. During your course information about modules etc. may be sent to you by email, so you should get used to using this facility at the earliest opportunity.
If you need further information, please feel free to contact Dr. Arumugam Mahendrasingam (Course Director for Physics and Astrophysics, Tel: (+44) (0) 1782 733312, Room: LJ 1.04, email@example.com)