This is a 10 lesson course, each requiring approximately 10 hours of work including reading, additional research, completing self-assessment tests, task activities and assignments.
The assignments, which are submitted to a tutor for marking at the end of lesson, are an opportunity to dialogue with your own allocated tutor. Extend the learning experience and connect with an industry professional.
Lesson 1: Electromagnetic Induction
Introduction to Electricity
Rules of charge
Faraday’s Law of electromagnetic induction
Lesson 2: Power Generation and Transmission
Primary sources of electrical energy
Energy from the water head
Energy from burning fuels
Types of power plants
Hydroelectric power plants
Thermal power plants
Nuclear power plants
Wind power plants
Lesson 3: Circular Motion and Gravitation
Review of circles – radius, diameter, tangent, arc, circumference
Important equations for working with circles
Uniform circular motion
Time, frequency, position, speed, tangential velocity, centripetal force
Newton’s law of gravitation
Satellites and Kepler’s Laws
Lesson 4: Engineering Physics – Rigid Bodies and Rotational Dynamics
Degrees and Radians
Angular Velocity & Linear Velocity
Kinematic Equations (Angular Acceleration)
Moment of Inertia
Kinetic Energy of Rotation
Rotational Energy, Work and Power
Lesson 5: Engineering Physics - Fluids and fluid dynamics
Fluid and dynamics introduction
Definitions and Properties
Steady and Unsteady Flow
Laminar Flow and Turbulent Flow
Compressible and Incompressible Flow
Forces on Fluids
Pressure and Atmospheric Pressure
Principles of Fluid Dynamics
The Equation of Continuity
Flow Rate and Its Relation to Velocity
Lesson 6: Relativity
The Principle of Relativity
Universal Speed Limit
Doppler Effect on Wavelength
Lesson 7: Introduction to Imaging
Comparison of EM Waves
Relationship Between Frequency and Wavelength
Relationship Between Frequency and Energy
The Wave Nature of Light
Properties of Light
Speed of Light
Reflection of Light
Refraction of Light
Diffraction of Light and Interference
Optional Image Formation
Lesson 8: Imaging Instrumentation and Medical imaging
Types of Medical Imaging
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Positron emission Tomography
Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography
Medical Imaging Instruments
CT, PET and MRI Scanners
Advantages and Disadvantages of Medical Imaging
Lesson 9: Fibre Optics
Construction of Optical Fibre Cable
Advantages and Disadvantages Fibre Optics
Different Types of Fibres and Their Properties
Single and Multimode Fibres
Step Index and Graded Index Fibres
Principles of Light Propagation Through a Fibre
Total Internal Reflection
Applications of Fibre Optics
Lesson 10: Engineering Physics in Construction
Introduction to physics in construction
Building Roads and Paths
Basic Principles in Building Engineering Physics
Control of Moisture
Properties of Common Materials
Simple and Damped Harmonic Motion
Vibrations inside built structures
Vibrations from outside built structures
Resonant Response and Damping
The tasks and activities include:
Demonstrate moving electrons from one material to another via static electricity.
Research videos on electromagnetic induction online to “see” the relationship between electricity and magnetism for yourself.
Using the diagrams in this course as a guide, find an old piece of equipment that you can pull apart and identify the motor and its component parts.
Talk to a person about the energy sources they utilise.
Search online and watch videos of the inner workings of a power plant.
Try to test out tangential velocity for yourself. Start with a small stone, marble, or key.
Search online for videos of car racing and think about the forces in play. Draw a diagram showing the different forces acting on the car.
Find the measurement of a radian yourself.
Search online for videos of ice skaters performing spins, pay attention to the velocity – remember, the speed and direction – in how they start their spins.
Try to make a laminar flow with the balloon experiment.
Search for videos online on the physics of aeroplanes and air flow, look at the way the air moves and the factors affecting the wings and keeping the plane in the air.
Experiment with your own personal frames of reference.
Look at your own, or a friend’s, glasses. Consider questions outlined and take notes.
Search for funhouse optical illusion videos online and pay attention to the shape of the mirrors in the video and think about how they affect the images shown.
Think about a time you or a friend may have had a medical scan and talk with others on experiences with medical imaging. Ask them questions about it and make notes.
Select one of the medical imaging types and understand how the imaging type was developed, when, and what it is commonly used for.
Explore your house, school, or other accessible place for fibre optic cables. Note down your findings with a pen and paper.
Search online for the applications of fibre optics in your area. Take notes on your findings.
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