Courses Catalogue

Properties Of Matter

COURSE CODE: PHY1108
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 4
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Physics BSc
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Natural and Applied Sciences
STATUS: Core
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Description

COURSE DESCRIPTION

 

The course introduces the student to the basics of Forces between atoms and intermolecular forces, attractive and repulsive forces, surface tension, capillarity, elastic properties of solids. The course prepares students to be aware of and able to predict why physical phenomena occur in the physical world they will work in.

 

COURSE JUSTIFICATION/RATIONALE

 

To identify the characteristics of matter in terms of their properties and to discuss the basic principles of acoustics

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

 

By the end of this course, the student should be able to:

§  Distinguish between the general physical properties and characteristic properties of a material.

§  Explain Forces between atoms (solid, liquids and gases) and intermolecular forces, attractive and repulsive forces.

§  Carry out calculations to compare characteristic properties of a variety of substances to predict behavior such as its elasticity etc.

§  Carry out subsequent experiments to measure the Young’s modulus of a cantilever, loaded beam

§  Solve Poiseuille’s formula to simple problems.

§  Discuss low pressure measurement instruments

§  Discuss ultrasonics and acoustics

 

LEARNING OUTCOMES

A student completing the course is expected to:

§  Demonstrate ability to distinguish between physical properties and characteristic properties of a material.

§  Explain the phenomenon of cohesive and adhesive forces.

§  Predict behavior of materials such as its elasticity

§  Apply Poiseuille’s equations in different application including medical applications

§  Demonstrate every applications of ultrasonics and acoustics