ENG1081 - Physics for engineering
6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL
Undergraduate Faculty of Engineering
Leader(s): Dr Andrew Smith; Dr Lan Boon Leong (M'sia)
This unit relates key principles of physics to engineering and technology, and shows how physics, including quantum and nano-science, creates useful new technologies. Energy, momentum and angular momentum: planetary orbits, rocket propulsion, precession, fly wheels. Oscillations and waves: resonance, transmission of energy; Doppler effect and speed measurement, polarization and stress models, diffraction and nano-structures, thin film interference and antireflecting film. Quantum Physics: Uncertainty Principle, wave functions, atomic force microscope; lasers, stimulated emission. The practical component develops measurement, analysis, and communication skills.
On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:
- identify the basic principles of physics in typical simple situations relevant to engineering, and correctly apply them
- apply energy and momentum methods to analyse motion of systems
- explain behaviours involving oscillations and waves and do appropriate analysis and calculations
- explain, and apply basic quantum principles to, situations which are relevant in engineering and technology contexts; do appropriate analysis and calculations
- demonstrate an ability to describe and explain advanced techniques used in relevant engineering or physics contexts
- make reliable measurements, estimate uncertainties, analyse, evaluate and interpret data in cases appropriate to engineering and related to the theory studied
- show an improved ability to work in teams and to communicate and discuss physics concepts, measurements and applications related to engineering and developments in technologies
- approach new problems and find solutions on the basis of general principles, and evaluate the appropriateness of their proposed models or solutions.
Practical work: 22%
Exam (3 hours): 60%
3 hours lectures, 3 hours practical work and 6 hours private study per week.
Year 12 Physics or ENG1080 or ENG1801