PHYSICS 1510 - Physics IE: Mechanics and Thermodynamics
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2017
General Course Information
Course Code PHYSICS 1510 Course Physics IE: Mechanics and Thermodynamics Coordinating Unit School of Physical Sciences Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 7 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites SACE Stage 2 Physics, MATHS 1011 Corequisites MATHS 1012 Incompatible PHYSICS 1100 Course Description This calculus-based course provides electrical and electronic engineering students with important foundational knowledge about mechanics, materials, heat transfer, thermodynamics and fluid mechanics and its application to common electrical engineering systems. The course includes weekly small-group problem-solving workshops, and relevant practical sessions.
Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Andrew MacKinnon
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
1 demonstrate knowledge of the physical principles that describe mechanics, materials, heat transfer, thermodynamics and fluid mechanics; 2 apply physical principles to common physical systems; 3 use the methods of algebra, vectors and calculus to make quantitative and qualitative predictions about the behaviour of physical systems; 4 associate the correct unit with every physical quantity they use; 5 make decisions about the measurements required for practical investigations; 6 make appropriate use of standard measurement techniques and accurately record observations; 7 analyse measurements to determine quantitative results and their uncertainties and draw non-trivial conclusions from measurements; 8 use a variety of sources to locate and synthesise relevant information; 9 communicate results about the physical world both orally and in writing; 10 work cooperatively in a team to complete a task in a limited time.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1-4,8 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
2,3,5,7 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
6,7,9,10 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
2,5,6 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
10 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Giancoli, D. C. (2008) Physics for Scientists and Engineers with Modern Physics, 4th edition (Pearson Prentice Hall).
Kirkup, L Experimental Methods (Wiley) is recommended for the practical work.
Reference books include:
- Urone, P. and Hinrichs, R. (2013) College Physics (OpenStax College): non calculus based book which can be used as an introductory text for topics cover.
- Halliday, D, Resnick, R and Walker, J Fundamentals of Physics
- Tipler, P Physics for Scientists and Engineers
- Ohanian, Physics: readable and has “interludes” or “essays” reflecting interests often expressed by students
- Marion and Hornyak, Physics for Science and Engineering: is more mathematical than required for our courses
- Serway, Physics for Scientists and Engineers with Modern Physics
MyUni: Teaching materials and course documentation will be posted on the MyUni website (http://myuni.adelaide.edu.au).
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe course is delivered using three learning and teaching modes:
• Lectures: 3 per week, each of 50 minute duration, for 12 weeks
• Interactive workshops: 1 per week, each of 50-minute duration, for 11 weeks
• Interactive practical sessions: 4-5, each of 3 hours.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.A student enrolled in a 3 unit course, such as this, should expect to spend, on average 12 hours per week on the studies required. This includes both the formal contact time required to the course (e.g., lectures and practicals), as well as non-contact time (e.g., reading and revision).
Learning Activities SummaryLectures will cover Newtonian mechanics; rectilinear and rotational mechanical systems; forces and torques, friction, free-body diagrams, statics and dynamics; mechanical properties of materials: stress, strain, Young’s modulus, yield stress; work and energy; temperature, thermal expansion, thermal stresses, specific heat; heat transfer processes: conductivity, convection, radiation; fluids: pressure, buoyancy, Reynolds number, laminar flow, viscosity, Bernoulli’s equation; Ideal Gas Law, latent heat, and thermodynamic processes.
Workshops will provide practice at solving problems.
Practicals will provide demonstration of concepts from the lectures and provide experience in practical skills and design; data analysis, including measurement uncertainties and plotting.
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Hurdle Due Learning Outcome Workshop preparation & participation Formative & Summative
Weeks 2-12 1-4,8-10 Practical work Formative & Summative 20% Yes Weeks 2-12 1-10 In-semester tests Formative & Summative 5-20% No Weeks 4,6,8,10 1-4,9 Written Exam Summative 50-70% No 1-4,9
Assessment Related RequirementsStudents must obtain a minimum requirement of 40% in the practical work in order to Pass the course. Catch up practical sessions will be held at the end of the semester.
Assessment DetailWorkshop preparation and participation (5-10% of the total course grade)
Workshops are held weekly, starting in the second week. The grade for the workshop is based on the student’s preparation, determined using an online quiz (completed prior to the workshop), and participation during the workshop. Poor workshop results can be partly replaced by a better performance in the final exam.
The workshop mark can contribute up to 10% of the final course grade if it improves the mark for the coursework component. Otherwise, the workshop mark contributes 5% and the result for the written exam is more highly weighted.
Practical work (20% of the total course grade)
There are 5 practicals and the practical work is compulsory. Students must achieve a minimum 40% overall for the practical work.
For each practical, students must complete an online pre-lab quiz prior to attending the practical session, conduct the required practical work and submit the logbook for assessment. The overall mark for each practical will be the higher of the logbook mark (100%) and a weighted combination of the pre-lab quiz mark (40%) and the mark for the submitted logbook (60%). A practical catch-up session will be held at the end of the teaching semester.
In – Semester Tests (5% -20% of the total course grade)
Up to four 15-minute tests consisting of short-answer problem solving questions will be held during students scheduled workshops. Poor results in the tests can be partly replaced by a better performance in the final exam. This is achieved by varying the contribution of this task towards the total assessment to optimise the final result for each student.
The in-semester tests can contribute up to 20% to the final course grade if it improves the mark for the coursework component. Otherwise, the in-semester tests mark contributes 5% and the result for the written exam is more highly weighted.
Examination (50% - 70% of the total course grade)
The final examination will consist of short-answer predominantly problem solving questions which will be based on lecture and workshop material.
SubmissionIf an extension is not applied for, or not granted then a penalty for late submission will apply. A penalty of 10% of the value of the assignment for each calendar day that the assignment is late (i.e. weekends count as 2 days), up to a maximum of 50% of the available marks will be applied. This means that an assignment that is 5 days late or more without an approved extension can only receive a maximum of 50% of the marks available for that assignment.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.
Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.
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