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The physics module is designed to comprehensively introduce the fundamental ideas of physics and provide the necessary theoretical background, tools and methods to rigorously approach scientific problems. This course will show the relevance of physics to the understanding of the world around us and provide students with solid foundations necessary to succeed at undergraduate level.
This course covers a wide range of subjects and will introduce both classical and contemporary ideas in physics, with an emphasis placed on the role of fundamental principles and their relationship to physical laws.
The physics module is divided into six main units: mathematical preliminaries; classical kinematics and mechanics; oscillatory phenomena, waves and optics; modern physics; electricity and magnetism; thermal physics. You will be able to understand the many connections between these units and will make your first steps towards seeing the natural world as a scientist. In addition, this foundation module will show you how simple ideas can be used to understand seemingly complex natural phenomena as well as modern technologies.
Throughout the course there is a strong emphasis on rigorous mathematical treatment of physical laws including calculus. Such approach will ensure that you are well prepared to attend a high quality university course in any engineering or physics department in the UK.
In addition, a first-class laboratory programme with state-of-the-art facilities will develop your experimental skills, reinforce the theoretical concepts covered in the course and introduce you to some important aspects of mathematical modelling and error analysis. You will learn how to work in groups, analyse experimental data using scientific techniques and develop fundamental computing and report writing skills.
External examiners have stated that the standards reached by students are very high and that the quality of work was in many cases in excess of high-grade A-level.
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