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ENG1081

Faculty of Engineering

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Engineering
OfferedSunway First semester 2012 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2012 (Day)
Sunway Second semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Michael Morgan (Clayton); Associate Professor Lan Boon Leong (Sunway)

Synopsis

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.

Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. identify the basic principles of physics in typical simple situations relevant to engineering, and correctly apply them

  1. apply energy and momentum methods to analyse motion of systems

  1. explain behaviours involving oscillations and waves and do appropriate analysis and calculations

  1. explain, and apply basic quantum principles to, situations which are relevant in engineering and technology contexts; do appropriate analysis and calculations

  1. demonstrate an ability to describe and explain advanced techniques used in relevant engineering or physics contexts

  1. make reliable measurements, estimate uncertainties, analyse, evaluate and interpret data in cases appropriate to engineering and related to the theory studied

  1. 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

  1. approach new problems and find solutions on the basis of general principles, and evaluate the appropriateness of their proposed models or solutions.

Assessment

Test: 8%
Quizzes/Assignments:10%
Practical work: 22%
Exam (3 hours): 60%

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Michael Morgan

Contact hours

3 hours lectures, 3 hours practical work and 6 hours private study per week.

Prerequisites

Year 12 Physics or PHS1080 or ENG1801

Prohibitions

ENG1802, PHS1011