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CENTRE FOR LIFELONG LEARNING - SCIENCE

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KL 108W
THE PHYSICAL UNIVERSE A
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr S Middleton

Pre-requisite(s): SCE H in Mathematics and Physics, or equivalent.

Note(s): Two of the practicals are optical and as such they may be difficult to complete if the student is blind/partially sighted. However the practicals are carried out in groups of two (or occasionally three). Hence, in this instance the work would be carried out in a group of three so that the tasks can be shared appropriately.

The course will be delivered independently through MyAberdeen however, students will be given the option of attending the 2 one-hour lectures per week. There will be a compulsory on campus practical weekend.

The course lays emphasis on how a relatively few fundamental laws enable us to understand a very wide range of phenomena that occur both naturally and as a result of mankind's activities. In particular, you will see how Newton's laws of motion lets us understand a variety of linear and circular motion; how the properties of matter can be characterised and how physics can be usefully applied in the fields of planetary motion, sport, the environment and medicine. The course will also describe how some of the most important ideas in modern physics grew from unexpected observations.

1st Attempt: Final two-hour multiple choice exam (50%), completion of practical class notebook and laboratory reports (25%), tutorial sheets (12.5%), multiple choice tests during term (12.5%).

Resit: Final two-hour multiple choice exam (50%), completion of practical class notebook and laboratory reports (25%), tutorial sheets (12.5%), multiple choice tests during term (12.5%).