OSCILLATIONS AND WAVES - 2017/8
Module code: PHY1036
LOHSTROH A Dr (Physics)
Number of Credits
FHEQ Level 4
Module cap (Maximum number of students)
Overall student workload
Independent Study Hours: 84
Lecture Hours: 33
Laboratory Hours: 20
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Examination||2 HOUR EXAMINATION||70%|
|Practical based assessment||LABORATORY DIARY MARK||30%|
Assessed Laboratory experiments with associated report may replace the laboratory Unit of Assessment.
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
This module covers introductory concepts of simple harmonic motion and waves, drawing on and bringing together examples from different branches of physics including mechanics, optics, electronics, and electromagnetism. It combines the mathematical description, physical interpretation as well as experiments and their analysis of oscillations and wave phenomena to provide a well-balanced introduction to the important physical concepts that are required for further study in subsequent modules of a physics course.
provide a solid base for the important concepts that re-occur in (almost) all areas of physics relating to harmonic oscillations and wave phenomena.
introduce the general mathematical description as well as to the common physical interpretation and consequences concerning speed, frequency, energy, velocities etc.
applied and re-inforce concepts through many examples of oscillations and waves
develop confidence and familiarity in students with the theoretical description and analysis of harmonic oscillations and waves as well as performing experiments of wave related phenomena, for example in the area of mechanical springs, diffraction, standing mechanical waves, AC circuits etc.
|Analyze simple systems undergoing simple harmonic motion and be able to derive equations describing the motion and expressions for the oscillation frequency.||KCP|
|Analyze simple AC circuits||KCP|
|Derive the wave equation for the case e.g. waves on a string;||KC|
|Analyze simple waveforms travelling along, e.g. string;||CP|
|Undertake calculations of frequency shifts arising from Doppler effect;||KCP|
|Be able to calculate interference and diffraction patterns arising from , e.g. multiple point sources of light and slits of finite width;||KC|
|Demonstrate an understanding of the working of selected optical instruments;||CP|
|Demonstrate an intuitive feel for fundamental and basic properties such as the speed, frequency and wavelength of light; and||P|
|Be able to work with notations based on f and l and v and k||K|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Indicative content includes:
Fundamental description of oscillations and waves
Simple harmonic motion
Longitudinal and transversal wave motion
Frequency, angular frequency, wavelength, wave number, “speed”
The wave equation in one dimension
Superposition, beating, phase, group, particle velocities
Energy and Momentum
Waves on a string, string boundaries and joins, standing waves.
Sound waves, Doppler effect
Waves in Optics
Reflection, refraction, diffraction, refractive index
[Geometrical optics, lens formulae, magnification, telescope, microscope]
Diffraction – single, double slit and grating diffraction
Oscillations and Waves in AC circuits
Transients in circuits with Inductors and Capacitors
Time constants in circuits with L,C, R components
AC circuits: Impedance, frequency dependent response
Description of AC circuits using phase and phasors
Review of the course bringing out the unifying themes
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:
Describe what the module learning and teaching strategy is designed to achieve and how it relates to the programme learning and teaching strategy
The learning and teaching methods include:
33h of lectures, discussions, example classes and demonstrations as 3h/week x 11 weeks
20h of laboratory classes arranged as 5 half-day experiments
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate
• during the laboratory components, tutorials and exam, that they have acquired a basic understanding and familiarity with waves in different context of Physics and that they can apply that knowledge in order to perform calculations predict experimental findings relating to wave phenomena.
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
• a written examination of 2h duration (week 13 or 14) with a section of short compulsory questions, and a section of longer questions with a choice of 2 out of 3.
• Laboratory diary entries (on selected experiments)
Formative assessment and feedback
Students receive formative verbal feedback during laboratory session from Academics and Demonstrators.
They also have the opportunity to receive feedback on their ability to apply the topics covered during the oscillations and wave lectures through:
- Small group tutorial sessions
- Exercise sheets and model solutions made available through the Virtual Learning Environment
- Multiple Choice revision questions during the lecture sessions
Reading list for OSCILLATIONS AND WAVES : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/phy1036
Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.