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PH1012   Physics 1B

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 20

ECTS credits : 10

Level : SCQF level 7

Semester: 2

Planned timetable: 12.00 noon lectures; One afternoon from up to five per week, 2.00 pm - 3.00 pm tutorial, 3.00 pm - 5.30 pm lab

This module covers an introduction to quantum mechanics, the mechanics of rotation and gravity and an introduction to lasers. The module is suitable for those who have studied physics to the level of Higher Physics or equivalent. It includes lectures on the origins of quantum theory, its application to atoms and other small-scale systems; the principles of lasers, and some aspects of optical communication. The module also includes a set of group-based activities associated with the use of physics ideas to solve an interesting problem. Relevant laboratory work is an important part of the module.

Relationship to other modules

Anti-requisite(s): You cannot take this module if you take AS1002

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: Typically 4 lectures, 1 workshop, 1 tutorial and 1 x 2.5 hr laboratory. Group Discovery Project replaces some lectures for part of the semester.

Scheduled learning hours: 82

Guided independent study hours: 118

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 50%, Class Test = 10%, Laboratory work = 25%, Group Discovery Project = 15%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 60%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 40%

Re-assessment: 2-hour Written Resit Examination = 50%, combined with existing Laboratory work = 25%, and existing Group Discovery Project = 15%, existing class test 10%


Module teaching staff: TBC

Additional information from school

Please see also the information in the School's Handbook for First and Second Level modules available via This link also gives access to timetables for such modules.