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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: 2022-23

Module summary

This module extends from Physics and Electronics 1 to develop your knowledge and appreciation of physics, and the ways in which physics is applied to electronic engineering. Topics covered include further mechanics, electricity, electromagnetism, waves and oscillations and atomic physics. You will be expected to demonstrate skills in mathematical analysis and problem solving, and continue to develop your practical skills.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2022-23 to Summer Term 2022-23

Module aims

To develop students' knowledge and appreciation of physics and 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, Kirchhoff 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:

Understand and be able to apply physics and electronics concepts.

Possess skills relevant to physics and electronics, e.g. experimental design and experimental technique.

Be able to demonstrate skills in mathematical analysis and problem solving.

Be sufficiently prepared in physics and electronics for entry to a first year physics or electronics degree.


Task Length % of module mark
Physics & Electronics II Assignments
N/A 20
Online Exam
Physics & Electronics II Paper 1
N/A 40
Online Exam
Physics & Electronics II Paper 2
N/A 40

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Online Exam
Physics & Electronics II Paper 1
N/A 40
Online Exam
Physics & Electronics II Paper 2
N/A 40

Module feedback

'Feedback’ at a university level can be understood as any part of the learning process which is designed to guide your progress through your degree programme.  We aim to help you reflect on your own learning and help you feel more clear about your progress through clarifying what is expected of you in both formative and summative assessments.

A comprehensive guide to feedback and to forms of feedback is available in the Guide to Assessment Standards, Marking and Feedback.  This can be found at

The Department of Electronic Engineering aims to provide some form of feedback on all formative and summative assessments that are carried out during the degree programme.  In general, feedback on any written work/assignments undertaken will be sufficient so as to indicate the nature of the changes needed in order to improve the work.  Students are provided with their examination results within 20 working days of the end of any given examination period.  The Department will also endeavour to return all coursework feedback within 20 working days of the submission deadline.  The Department would normally expect to adhere to the times given, however, it is possible that exceptional circumstances may delay feedback.  The Department will endeavour to keep such delays to a minimum.  Please note that any marks released are subject to ratification by the Board of Examiners and Senate.  Meetings at the start/end of each term provide you with an opportunity to discuss and reflect with your supervisor on your overall performance to date. 

Indicative reading

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

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.