FA C U L T Y Faculty
BOOKLET 2004 – 2005 of Science & Agriculture
PHYS 0071 (P07B) PRELIMINARY PHYSICS II (credits)
PHYS 1110 (P11A) INTRODUCTORY PHYSICS (6 credits)
Prerequisite: O-level Physics. In exceptional circumstances, depending on academic merit, this prerequisite may be waived.
Pre-requisite: A-Level Physics or equivalent OR O-Level Physics or equivalent together with A-Level Mathematics or equivalent.
Syllabus: Electricity and Magnetism, Optics and Modern Physics Charge, Coulomb’s law, insulators and conductors, electric field , lines of force, electric potential, potential differences, electron volt (Millikin’s experiment, CRC).Capacitance, series and parallel combination, energy in a charged capacitor, dielectrics, cur- rent, resistivity, resistance, EMF, work and power, resistors in series and parallel, Kirchoff’s laws, Wheatstone bridge and potentiometer. The magnetic field, lines of force, magnetic flux, motion in a magnetic field. Thomson’s measurement of e/m, isotopes and spectrography; force on conductor, torque on a current loop, the d.c. motor, pivoted-coil galvanometer, mag- netic field of a long straight wire, force between parallel con- ductors, the ampere, induced emf, Faraday’s law, Lenz’s law, eddy currents.The nature of light, speed of light (experimen- tal), waves and rays, refraction and reflection. Snell’s law, to- tal internal reflection, dispersion, single surface images, re- flection from plane and spherical surfaces, focal point and length, refraction at plane and spherical surfaces, graphical and analyatical methods, images and objects, thin lens, di- verging lens, lensmaker equation, aberrations, the eye, defects of vision, magnifier, camera projector, compound microscope, telescope, etc.Atomic nucleus, nuclear radiation, isotopes and isobars, binding energy and stability; alpha, beta and gamma rays, decay law, half-life, decay constant, activity, radioactivity series, nuclear reactions, nuclear fission, nuclear fusion, ra- dioactive shielding, radiation and the life sciences.
Syllabus: Mathematical Methods in Physics: Vectors; Complex numbers; Matrices and Determinants. Applications to Physics. Mechan- ics: Units and dimensions; Particle dynamics, Work and En- ergy; Conservation of mass, energy and momentum; Rotational kinematics; Equilibrium of rigid bodies; Oscillations; Gravita- tion; Properties of fluids; Fluid statics and dynamics. Optics: Reflection and refraction; Fermat’s principle; Huygen’s prin- ciple; Interference and Diffraction. Acoustics: waves in Elas- tic media; Acoustics and wave motion; Superposition and In-
terference of Waves. Assessment: A course of experiments designed to illustrate various principles of Physics. Candidates are required to present their practical notebooks for inspection by the examiner
One 3-hour theory paper
32 hours of practical courseworkTheory coursework
One 3-hour theory paper