Module Overview

Physical Science

This subject equips the student with a fundamental knowledge and understanding of physical science. It enables the student to apply mathematical formulae and techniques to the analysis of physical problems. This provides essential grounding for other engineering topics.

Module Code

PHSC H1002

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change

Units and Standards of Measure

Scientific notation, S.I. units and conversion between units, time, mass, weight, temperature, prefixes, standards.

Fundamentals of Mechanics I

Composition of forces, vector representation and resolution of forces, mathematical addition of forces, distance velocity and acceleration, acceleration due to gravity, weight and gravity, Newton's laws of motion.

Fundamentals of Mechanics II

Newtons Laws of Motion, Principle of Conservation of Momentum, Pressure, Pressure due to a liquid, Moment of a force, Work, Energy and the Principle of Conservation of Energy, PE and KE, Power.


Absolute and Gauge pressure. Pressure and volume of gas. Pressure measuring devices. Pressure in a column of liquid.


Temperature scales, thermal expansion, temperature measuring devices, heat capacity, conduction convection and radiation, specific heat, latent heat.

Vibrations and Waves

Standing and travelling waves, resonance, velocity of travelling waves, reflection of waves at the boundary, sound waves, Doppler effect.


The nature of light, reflection, refraction, diffraction, interference, Young’s slits.

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Other Assessment(s)30
Formal Examination70