This unit starts with a consolidation of the student's knowledge of the gravitational force and the idea of "action at a distance". These principles are then applied to electrostatic forces and the magnetic forces produced by moving charges as well as electromagnetic induction. The unit concludes with the topic of thermodynamics including temperature, thermal expansion, heat capacity, specific and latent heat, ideal gases, work and heat in the thermal process, first law of thermodynamics and an introduction to heat engines.

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VEN1102 - Engineering Physics 1

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Apply principles of electric and magnetic fields to engineering-related problems;  
  2. Calculate the forces acting on charged particles in electric and magnetic fields; and  
  3. Apply principles of heat and temperature to engineering-related problems.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Case Study Individual Reports (x24) 20%
Test Unsupervised quizzes (Individual) (x6) 20%
Assignment Problem sets (x2) 20%
Test Tests (x2) 40%

Required reading

University Physics Volume 2 1st
OpenStax, 2016

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