General physics 263

Modulekode PHY 263
Kwalifikasie Undergraduate
Fakulteit Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences

Classical mechanics (28 lectures)
Fundamental concepts, energy and angular momentum, calculus of variations and Lagrangian mechanics, conservative central forces and two body problems, scattering, mechanics in rotating reference frames, many body systems.
Physical Optics (14 lectures)
Maxwell’s equations, wave equation and plane wave solution, coherence, interference,
diffraction, polarisation.
Physics of Materials (14 lectures)
Classification of materials. Atomic bonding. Crystallography. Defects. Material strength.
Phase diagram's, Ceramics. Polymers. Composites. Fracture. Electrical and
magnetic properties. Semiconductors. Smart materials Nanotechnology.
Experiments (14 sessions)

Modulekrediete 24.00
Service modules Faculty of Education
Prerequisites PHY 255 GS and WTW 218 GS and WTW 220# and WTW 248#
Contact time 1 practical per week, 2 discussion classes per week, 4 lectures per week
Language of tuition Module is presented in English
Department Physics
Period of presentation Semester 2

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