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PH40083: Advanced problem solving

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: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 50%, EX 50%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Examination (EX 50%)
  • Coursework (CW 50%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
The aim of this unit is to solve advanced problems from the real world by calling on knowledge from areas which are generally taught separately in the Physics curriculum. The unit aims to develop analytical problem solving skills and a deeper level of overall understanding.

Learning Outcomes:
After taking this unit the student should be able to:
* confidently apply knowledge of Mechanics, Vibrations and Waves, Thermal Physics, Electromagnetism and Quantum Theory to solving real world problems;
* apply systematic methods to general problem solving, such as developing physical imagery to link physical intuition and logical reasoning;
* make and justify good approximations in calculations.

Written Communication T/F A, Numeracy T/F A, Information Technology T/F A, Problem Solving T/F A, Working as part of a group T/F A.

Topical problems: Mechanics; Vibrations and Waves; Electromagnetism; Thermal Physics. Long problems: Surface tension of water; Incandescent lamp (2 parts); Dipole-dipole interactions and van der Waals forces; Formation of interstellar hydrogen.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

PH40083 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Physics
  • USPH-AFM02 : MPhys(Hons) Physics (Year 4)
  • USPH-AKM04 : MPhys(Hons) Physics with Professional and Research Placements (Year 5)
  • USPH-AKM03 : MPhys(Hons) Physics with Professional Placement (Year 5)
  • USPH-AFM04 : MPhys(Hons) Physics with Research placement (Year 4)
  • USPH-AAM03 : MPhys(Hons) Physics with Study year abroad (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.