UK Advanced Level Physics Examinations with a normal minimum attainment of a
Grade C on the main Physics A - Level. Any generally accepted equivalent of this
content and attainment is regarded as an acceptable prerequisite.
PH311 Mathematics I, PH312 Mathematics II, PH304 Introduction to Special Relativity, Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology, PH321 Mechanics, PH322 Electricity and Light, PH323 Thermodynamics and Matter.
How Physical Sciences are taught at Kent.
Library use. Bibliographic database searches.
Error analysis and data presentation. Types of errors; combining errors; Normal distribution; Poisson distribution; graphs – linear and logarithmic.
Probability and Statistics. Probability distributions, laws of probability, permutations and combinations, mean and variance.
Academic integrity and report writing skills.
A number of experiments in weekly sessions; some of the experiments require two consecutive weeks to complete.
Experiments introduce students to test equipment, data processing and interpretation and cover subjects found in the Physics degree program which include the following topics:
Mechanics, Astronomy/Astrophysics, statistical and probability analysis, numerical simulations, electric circuits and Thermodynamics.
Introduction to the concept of programming/scripting languages. Introduction to operating systems: including text editors, the directory system, basic utilities and the edit-compile-run cycle.
Introduction to the use of variables, constants, arrays and different data types; iteration and conditional branching.
Modular design: Use of programming subroutines and functions. Simple input/output, such as the use of format statements for reading and writing, File handling, including practical read/write of data files.
Producing graphical representation of data, including histograms. Interpolating data and fitting functions.
Programming to solve physical problems.
Introduction to typesetting formal scientific documents.
30 hours of lectures, 20 hours console sessions and 40 laboratory hours.
Total study hours: 300.
This is not available as a wild module.
Method of assessment
100% Coursework; Library Quiz 4%, 10 short lab reports with included computing elements 38%; 5 long lab reports 38%; 5 computing assignments 20%