Physics & Electronics II - ELE00005F

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  • Department: Electronic Engineering
  • Module co-ordinator: Mrs. Helen Sharples
  • Credit value: 40 credits
  • Credit level: F
  • Academic year of delivery: 2017-18

Module occurrences

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2017-18 to Summer Term 2017-18

Module aims

To develop students knowledge and appreciation of the ways in which physics is applied to electronic engineering.

Mechanics - speed, velocity, acceleration, equations of motion, momentum, conservation of momentum/energy, circular motion, angular velocity, centripetal acceleration/force, Newton s Laws.

Electricity - series/parallel resistors, Kirchoff s Laws, power, Wheatstone bridge, potential divider.

Electromagnetism - magnetic flux/flux density, fields due to straight wire/flat coil/solenoid, force on conductor, torque on coil, laws of electromagnetic induction, and self-induction.

Optics - refraction of light, Snell s Laws, concave/convex lenses, thin lens formula, telescope, and microscope.

Waves and oscillations - transverse/longitudinal, frequency, wavelength, reflection/refraction of water waves, superposition, phase, phase angle, diffraction, interference, Young s double slit experiment, diffraction grating, continuous/line spectra, properties of electromagnetic spectrum, standing waves, modes of vibration of stretched string, simple harmonic motion, and resonance.

Electrostatics - Coulomb s Law, electric field strength, potential, capacitance, parallel plate capacitor, and capacitor discharge through resistor.

Alternating current - peak/rms values, capacitors/inductors in AC circuits, reactance, impedance, and resonance.

Atomic physics - photoelectric emission, quanta, line emission spectra. Radioactivity - alpha/beta/gamma radiation, law of radioactive decay, half life, decay constant, and radioactive decay equations :

Gravitation - Newton s Law, gravitational strength, and projectile motion.

Module learning outcomes

On completion of this module students are expected to be able to:

  • understand and apply Physics concepts
  • use the skills relevant to Physics, e.g. experimental design and experimental technique
  • demonstrate the skills of mathematical analysis and problem solving
  • demonstrate knowledge of the Physics content appropriate to entry to a first year electronics degree


Task Length % of module mark
Physics & Electronics II Assignments
N/A 20
University - closed examination
Physics & Electronics II Paper 1
2.5 hours 40
University - closed examination
Physics & Electronics II Paper 2
2.5 hours 40

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
University - closed examination
Physics & Electronics II Paper 1
2.5 hours 40
University - closed examination
Physics & Electronics II Paper 2
2.5 hours 40

Module feedback

Students will receive written and verbal feedback on their coursework within a maximum of 4 weeks of submission (often much sooner than this).

Indicative reading

** Briethaupt, J, Physics , Palgrave Macmillan; 3rd Edition edition (12 Feb 2010) ISBN-13: 978-0230231924

+ Breithaupt, J, AQA Physics A (AS), Nelson Thornes, 2008. ISBN 978-0-7487-8282-6

+ Breithaupt, J, AQA Physics A (A2), Nelson Thornes, 2008. ISBN 978-0-7487-8281-9

+ Muncaster, R, A-Level Physics , Stanley Thornes, 1993. ISBN 0-748-71584-3.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.