Enhancing Physics Knowledge for Teaching – Transport properties
In this session we’ll look at transport properties in fluids. By transport properties we mean the flows that restore a system to equilibrium, so for example, the flow of heat to eliminate a temperature gradient.
Author(s): Derek Raine

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Enhancing Physics Knowledge for Teaching – Relativity
In this section we’ll look at both the special and general theories of relativity.
Author(s): Ted Thomas

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Enhancing Physics Knowledge for Teaching – Astrophysics
In this session in this session four of the team from the Physics Innovations Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Leicester will write about one of their areas of interest.
Author(s): Derek Raine,Cheryl Hurkett,Naomi Banks,Sarah Symon

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Physics in architecture
Developed in 1998 by Dr John Whittle (Department of the Built Environment) using Authorware, this package contains brief interactive notes on eight areas of physics in which architects need a working knowledge. However, it is also useful to others in science, engineering and social sciences looking for an introduction to the topics concerned. These topics are: Units of measurement; Scalar and vector quantities; Newton’s laws; Mass and weight; Action and reaction; Waves; Heat, work and energy;
Author(s): Whittle John Dr

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Physics in architecture
Developed in 1998 by Dr John Whittle (Department of the Built Environment) using Authorware, this package contains brief interactive notes on eight areas of physics in which architects need a working knowledge. However, it is also useful to others in science, engineering and social sciences looking for an introduction to the topics concerned. These topics are: Units of measurement; Scalar and vector quantities; Newton’s laws; Mass and weight; Action and reaction; Waves; Heat, work and energy;
Author(s): Whittle John Dr

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Enhancing Physics Knowledge for Teaching – Mechanics
The approach we’ll be taking in this session will set the structure for the whole of the module. We’ll begin by introducing a problem that will cover the main learning objectives of the session. We’ll then look at what is required to solve this problem; We’ll build up this knowledge step by step, applying it to the solution of the problem as we proceed. When we get to the end we will have found a solution to the problem. Then we’ll invite you to try some problems covering again some o
Author(s): Derek Raine

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Enhancing Physics Knowledge for Teaching – Electric and Magnetic Fields
This session will introduce you to electric and magnetic fields. We’ll look at what we mean by a field and at what electric charge is and relate the two through Gauss’s theorem. From this we’ll derive Coulomb’s law for the force between charges. Then we’ll look at the concept of electrical potential which is related to the work done in moving a charge through a field. We’ll return to the notion of capacitance which we used in session 4, this time looking at how capacitance is compute
Author(s): Naomi Banks

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Enhancing Physics Knowledge for Teaching – Magnetic fields
In this session we’ll begin with Faraday’s law of electromagnetic induction. We’ll describe and use the analogy between a current loop and a magnetic dipole and study the magnetic energy in various situations, including the energy density of a magnetic field. Finally we’ll look at magnetic forces from the point of view of the interaction between moving electrical charges, the Lorentz force law, and describe the force between current carry wires, the Biot-Savart law.
Author(s): Sarah Symons

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Enhancing Physics Knowledge for Teaching – Condensed matter
In this session we’ll look at certain macroscopic properties of solids that result from the quantum mechanical behaviour of electrons. This field of physics initially concerned just the behaviour of solids so was referred to as solid state physics. It has been called condensed matter physics since the late 1960s, when it was realised that the type of collective behaviour extended beyond that of electrons in solids to many other systems such as, for example, superfluids.
Author(s): Samuel Atarah

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Core Physics PBL – Automated Searches for Leaking Water Pipes in the Desert.
‘Automated Searches for Leaking Water Pipes in the Desert’ is a 2nd year PBL project, undertaken by students organised into small groups working as a team. Students will have a preliminary computer simulated laboratory session, then two experimental laboratory sessions accompanied by two facilitated group meeting. There will be two additional unsupervised group meetings for tying up loose ends and for preparation of conference presentations and reports. Teams will work in pairs, with each
Author(s): University of Leicester

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Core Physics PBL – LEDs as Traffic Lights.
LEDs as Traffic Lights’ is a Group Research Project, undertaken by students organised into small groups working as teams. This project is divided into two main sections. Firstly you are concerned with using LEDs as traffic lights. Your group is to perform experiments regarding LEDs in order to ascertain information about their band gap and composition. Secondly, you are to consider using LEDs as pressure sensors. This is a computational task, so requires programming, most likely using C.
Author(s): University of Leicester

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Nuclear and Particle Physics
A third year course in Nuclear and Particle Physics. Could do with a few LHC updates. Contains lecture notes, examples, ... as well as the files used to create these resources. Also has some movies of nuclear collective motion. Discusses: 1 Introduction 2 A history of particle physics 3 Experimental tools 4 Nuclear Masses 5 Nuclear models 6 Some basic concepts of theoretical particle physics 7 The fundamental forces 8 Symmetries and particle physics 9 Symmetries of the theory of strong
Author(s): Niels Walet

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Core Physics PBL – White Knuckle Ride.
White Knuckle Ride’ is a Group Research Project, undertaken by students organised into small groups working as teams. Most, if not all, of the required theory can be found in the course book (Physics for Scientists and Engineers, Tipler). You will have four laboratory sessions to perform the experiments, as well as two workshops with facilitators. For each of the workshops you should prepare answers to set question, which will be marked at the workshops. These workshop questions are designe
Author(s): University of Leicester

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Core Physics PBL – Sugar Capacity.
‘Sugar Capacity’ is a first year PBL project to be undertaken by small groups of (approximately 4) students, working as teams to perform a variety of experiments to answer a set of questions posed to them. The theory required for this PBL is written in the course books (Physics for Scientists and Engineers, Tipler and Mathematical Physics Vol2) although some rational thinking may be required to extend this knowledge or apply it to an area not yet understood by students. Students will have f
Author(s): University of Leicester

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Core Physics PBL – An Insurance Scam?
‘An Insurance Scam’ is a first year PBL project to be undertaken by small groups of (approximately 4) students, working as teams to perform a variety of experiments to answer a set of questions posed to them. Each group will work in a couple of pairs, each pair performing some experiments and then sharing their findings with the other. The theory required for this PBL is written in the course book (Physics for Scientists and Engineers, Tipler), although some rational thinking may be required
Author(s): University of Leicester

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Core Physics PBL – Otherton Airport: Crosswinds are Critical.
‘Otherton Airport’ is a first year Group Research project to be undertaken by small groups of (approximately 4) students, working as teams to perform a variety of experiments to address the problem posed to them. The basic theory required for the project can be found in the course book (Physics for Scientists and Engineers, Tipler), although it may be necessary to research some additional theory. The task set in the accompanying project brief is designed to test your ability to work as a t
Author(s): University of Leicester

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8.21 The Physics of Energy (MIT)
This course is designed to give you the scientific understanding you need to answer questions like - How much energy can we really get from wind? - How does a solar photovoltaic work? - What is an OTEC (Ocean Thermal Energy Converter) and how does it work? - What is the physics behind global warming? - What makes engines efficient? - How does a nuclear reactor work, and what are the realistic hazards? The course is designed for MIT sophomores, juniors, and seniors who want to understand the fund
Author(s): Jaffe, Robert L.,Taylor, Washington

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8.022 Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism (MIT)
Parallel to 8.02: Physics II, but more advanced mathematically. Some knowledge of vector calculus assumed. Maxwell's equations, in both differential and integral form. Electrostatic and magnetic vector potential. Properties of dielectrics and magnetic materials. In addition to the theoretical subject matter, several experiments in electricity and magnetism are performed by the students in the laboratory.
Author(s): Katsavounidis, Erik,Fisher, Peter

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22.02 Introduction to Applied Nuclear Physics (MIT)
This course concentrates on the basic concepts of nuclear physics with emphasis on nuclear structure and radiation interactions with matter. Included: elementary quantum theory; nuclear forces; shell structure of the nucleus; alpha, beta, and gamma radioactive decays; interactions of nuclear radiations (charged particles, gammas, and neutrons) with matter; nuclear reactions; and fission and fusion. The course is divided into three main sections: Quantum Mechanics Fundamentals Nuclear Structure
Author(s): Molvig, Kim

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6.730 Physics for Solid-State Applications (MIT)
This course examines classical and quantum models of electrons and lattice vibrations in solids, emphasizing physical models for elastic properties, electronic transport, and heat capacity. Topics covered include: crystal lattices, electronic energy band structures, phonon dispersion relatons, effective mass theorem, semiclassical equations of motion, and impurity states in semiconductors, band structure and transport properties of selected semiconductors, and connection of quantum theory of sol
Author(s): Ram, Rajeev,Orlando, Terry

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