Undergraduate Course: Classical and Modern Physics (PHYS08044)
Course Outline
School  School of Physics and Astronomy 
College  College of Science and Engineering 
Credit level (Normal year taken)  SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) 
Availability  Available to all students 
SCQF Credits  20 
ECTS Credits  10 
Summary  This course is designed for prehonours direct entry physics students. It provides an introduction to classical dynamics, waves, special relativity and quantum physics. It serves both as a preparation for further study in physicsbased degree programmes, and as a standalone course for students of other disciplines, including mathematics, chemistry, geosciences, computer science and engineering.
The course consists of lectures to present new material, and workshops to develop understanding, familiarity and fluency. 
Course description 
Classical Physics (20 lectures)
*Revision of elementary statics & dynamics (4 lectures)
 Statics forces, resolution of forces into components. Force diagrams. (1)
 Laws of motion in two and three dimensions: Newton's Laws in vector form. Conservation of linear momentum. (1)
 Concept of reference frames, relative motion, laws of motion in this notation.(1)
 Force/Work relation, conservation of energy (kinetic and potential), dynamic and static friction. (1)
*Further dynamics (8 lectures)
 Centreofmass of points and solid bodies (1)
 Linear momentum of system of particles, centreofmass frame, elastic collision in centreofmass frame. (1)
 Full dynamics in onedimension: use of differential equations, Rocket equations, friction, air resistance etc). (2)
 Rotational motion, torque, angular acceleration and angular momentum of set of particles. (2)
 Momentofinertia of sets of particles and rigid bodies, central axis theorem, angular equations of motion, energy relations. (2)
*Oscillations & waves (8 lectures)
 Linear restoring force, SHM in 1dimension, displacement, velocity, acceleration,energy in undamped oscillations. The pendulum. (1)
 Damped SHM, types, characteristic time, frequency shift. (1)
 Forced damped SHM, resonance behaviour (1)
 Wave on a string, waveequation, travelling waves, group and phase velocities, energy transfer by waves. (3)
 Superposition principle, interference, beats, standing waves and applications of practical systems, Doppler effects, links to Fourier series. (2)
Modern Physics (20 lectures)
* Special Relativity (10 lectures)
 Definition of inertial reference frames and invariance of speed of light, (postulates of SR). Michelson Morley experiment. Role of the observer. (2)
 Time effects and the concept of time dilation and Lorentz contraction. Events. Synchronisation. Moving clocks. Synchronised clocks in one frame viewed from another moving frame. (2)
 Doppler (red shift) and its implications, Gamma, addition of velocities. Twins paradox. Rod and Shed paradox. (2)
 Geometric formulation of SR (Minkowski Diagrams), and their relation to time dilation, Lorentz contraction, order of events, relativistic Doppler, world lines, event horizon. (2)
 Momentum and relation to mass and energy as a relativistic property. (2)
* Introduction to Quantum Physics (10 lectures)
 Planck's Radiation formula (1)
 Photoelectric Effect, Einstein's photon theory (1)
 Rutherford scattering (1)
 Compton Effect (1)
 BohrSommerfeld quantization condition; Bohr Atom (1)
 Discussion of atomic spectra (1)
 Correspondence Principle, De Broglie relations between waves and particles, Uncertainty Principle (1)
 First look at Schršodinger's equation. Meaning of wavefunction, probability interpretation, probability current. (1)
 First look at solving Schršodinger's equation for particle in a box (2)

Information for Visiting Students
Prerequisites  None 
Course Delivery Information

Academic year 2014/15, Available to all students (SV1)

Quota: None 
Course Start 
Semester 1 
Timetable 
Timetable 
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) 
Total Hours:
200
(
Lecture Hours 44,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 40,
Summative Assessment Hours 3,
Revision Session Hours 4,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
105 )

Assessment (Further Info) 
Written Exam
80 %,
Coursework
20 %,
Practical Exam
0 %

Additional Information (Assessment) 
20% Coursework
80% Exams 
Feedback 
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Exam Information 
Exam Diet 
Paper Name 
Hours & Minutes 

Main Exam Diet S1 (December)   3:00   Resit Exam Diet (August)   3:00  
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course it is intended that student will be able to:
 State the basic principles of classical dynamics, special relativity and elementary quantum mechanics and the regimes in which the different theories apply
 Apply these principles in conjunction with elementary mathematical techniques to solve simple problems in classical, relativistic and quantum mechanics
 Present a solution to a physics problem in a clear and logical written form
 Assess whether a solution to a given problem is physically reasonable
 Locate and use additional sources of information (to include discussion with peers where appropriate) to facilitate independent problemsolving

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills 
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Keywords  CMP 
Contacts
Course organiser  Dr Alex Murphy
Tel: (0131 6)50 5285
Email: a.s.murphy@ed.ac.uk 
Course secretary  Mrs Bonnie Macmillan
Tel: (0131 6)50 5905
Email: Bonnie.MacMillan@ed.ac.uk 

