PHY125 - Fundamental Physics for Chemical Physicists


Dr Matt Mears (Module Leader)

Doppler shift

Module Summary

This is the first of two modules that constitute the first year core physics material for dual chemical physics students. It provides a basic grounding in mechanics including Newton's Laws of motion and gravitation, the conservation laws of momentum and energy and collisions. The rotational dynamics of rigid bodies is covered, together with moments of inertia and angular momentum The waves course involves a description of transverse and longitudinal waves, sound, interference, Doppler effect, giving a general introduction to the phenomena of vibrations and waves with examples from mechanics and optics. Geometric optics, reflection, refraction and diffraction are covered, as well as simple optical instruments. In addition, there is a focus on practical experimental work in laboratories, plus an introduction to scientific computing, errors, uncertainties and data analysis, techniques of problem solving and scientific writing.


Module description


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