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PH20076: Self-directed learning

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2015/6
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Physics
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: EX 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Examination (EX 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Mandatory extra work (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: This unit is only available to students on Mathematics and Physics programmes.
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
The aim of this unit is to allow students on courses in Mathematics & Physics to catch up with core Physics material that they did not cover in years 1 and 2 of their degree.

Learning Outcomes:
After taking this unit the student should be able to:
* write down the essential results and formulae of special relativity;
* describe important experiments (real or thought) in special relativity;
* solve simple kinematic and dynamical special relativity problems;
* describe the characteristics of the fundamental forces, and quote and use conservation laws to determine allowed particle reactions;
* discuss binding in nuclei and explain the energetics and mechanisms of radioactive decay;
* describe the physical processes involved in fission and fusion reactions and in stellar nucleosynthesis;
* analyse the resonant response of driven simple harmonic oscillators;
* use Fourier techniques for the synthesis and analysis of data and signals.

Numeracy T/F A, Problem Solving T/F A.

This unit covers core Physics material in years 1 and 2 that Mathematics & Physics students do not take. The courses involved are Dynamics and Relativity (part of PH10004), Particles & Nuclei (part of PH20016) and Fourier Analysis (part of PH20020). The detailed content of each of these may be found in the relevant unit descriptions.
This unit is not lectured. Students are provided with course material that forms the basis of their learning. There are weekly tutorials to provide academic support.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

PH20076 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Physics
  • USXX-AFB03 : BSc(Hons) Mathematics and Physics (Year 3)
  • USXX-AAB04 : BSc(Hons) Mathematics and Physics with Study year abroad (Year 4)
  • USXX-AKB04 : BSc(Hons) Mathematics and Physics with Year long work placement (Year 4)
  • USXX-AFM01 : MSci(Hons) Mathematics and Physics (Year 3)
  • USXX-AAM01 : MSci(Hons) Mathematics and Physics with Study year abroad (Year 4)
  • USXX-AKM01 : MSci(Hons) Mathematics and Physics with Year long work placement (Year 4)

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2015/16 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2016/17 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2015/16.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.