Module Overview

Physics I: Mechanics, Properties of matter and Modern Physics

This module is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of Physics in the areas of Mechanics, Properties of Matter and Modern Physics. The learning of the student will be enhanced in the lecture programme through the introduction of appropriate examples and applications relevant to the field of study of the students. A laboratory element is included to support the theoretical material and to develop the laboratory skills of the student.

Module Code

PHYS 1807

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change


Parameters of motion, Motion in a line with uniform acceleration, Vector addition and subtraction, Free fall,

Motion in a plane, Projectile motion, Uniform circular motion, kinematics, Linear momentum, Newton's laws of motion, Fundamental forces, Contact forces, friction, Particle equilibrium, Free-body diagrams, Uniform circular motion, dynamics, Action at a distance, Gravitation,  Newtonian relativity,  Work, energy, power,  Conservation of energy,  Simple Harmonic Motion,  Impulse and Linear momentum,  Conservation of momentum,  Two-body, head-on collisions,  Elastic and inelastic collisions.

Properties of Matter

Solids, Stress, Strain, Elasticity, Hooke’s Law and Young’s Modulus, Elastic Energy, Hysteresis.


Pressure and Pressure Measurement, Buoyancy and Archimedes’ Principle, Hydraulics, Surface Tension and Surface Energy, Capillarity, Viscosity.

Modern Physics

The nuclear atom, Bohr postulates, One electron atom, The Hydrogen spectrum., Wave-particle duality,

Development of nuclear physics, Nuclear particles, isotopes., Radioactive decay, alpha, beta and gamma particles, Law of radioactive decay, Introduction to fission and fusion, Detection of nuclear radiation, Geiger Counter operation.


A typical laboratory programme may include experiments taken from the list below or equivalent

experiments may be used:

Acceleretion due to gravity

Simple pendulum

Hooke’s Law

Newton’s Second law of Motion

Viscosity of a liquid

Learning will be through a mixture of conventional lectures, laboratory work, tutorials and self learning

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Formal Examination40
Other Assessment(s)60