FY400 Introduction to Physics
Course description for academic year 2018/2019
Contents and structure
Mechanics and Energy: Circular and straight line movement in one and two dimensions with constant acceleration. Forces newtons laws energy and work,conservation laws,potential energy and conservative forces. Collisions, momentum, rotational dynamics, center of mass, stress and strain.
Waves: Oscillations, resonance, interference, standing waves. Sound waves. Diffraction and reflection of waves.
Fluid mechanics Buoyancy, density, flow diffusion, advection, convection. Rheology
Thermal systems: The Laws of Thermodynamics. Ideal gases. Thermal expansion. Kinetic theory. Work and Internal Energy. Entropy.
- Laws and underlying conservation rules that govern mechanics
- Types of Waves and their interactions
- Basic knowledge of electricity and radioactivity
- Laws of fluid mechanics and statics
- Laws of thermodynamics
- can calculate the motion of one or several point masses with constant acceleration, in circular motion and in collision
- can calculate the effect traveling from one medium to another has on a wave
- can use simple fluid mechanics to calculate mass transport
- can solve problems related to heat transport and thermal expansion
- can solve problems related to simple parallel and series circuits and simple radioactive decay
c) General qualifications
- basic competence to describe physical systems and solve related problems with respect to the relevant physical laws
Recommended previous knowledge
Lectures and problem solving.
Compulsory learning activities
Written exam, 4 hours. Grades A-F.
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