ENG06077 2019 Engineering Physics

General Details

Full Title
Engineering Physics
Transcript Title
Engineering Physics
N/A %
Subject Area
ENG - Engineering
MECT - Mechatronics
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Gabriel Smith, Kathryn Ryan, Gerard McGranaghan, Declan Sheridan
Programme Membership
SG_ECVIL_B07 201900 Bachelor of Engineering in Engineering in Civil Engineering SG_ECIVL_H08 201900 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering SG_EMECL_B07 201900 Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering SG_EPREC_B07 201900 Bachelor of Engineering in Precision Engineering and Design SG_EMECL_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Engineering in Mechanical Engineering SG_EMTRN_B07 201900 Bachelor of Engineering in Mechatronic Engineering SG_EMTRN_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Engineering in Mechatronic Engineering SG_EGENE_X06 201900 Higher Certificate in Engineering in General Engineering SG_ECVIL_B07 201900 Bachelor of Engineering in Engineering in Civil Engineering SG_ECIVI_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Engineering in Civil Engineering SG_EELCO_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Engineering in Electronic and Computing SG_EMECH_H08 202000 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering SG_EELEC_H08 202000 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Electronics and Self Driving Technologies SG_EROBO_H08 202000 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Robotics and Automation SG_ECVIL_B07 202000 Bachelor of Engineering in Engineering in Civil Engineering SG_EGENE_H08 202000 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in General Engineering SG_EELEC_H08 202100 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Electrical Engineering and Sustainability SG_EELCO_B07 202200 Bachelor of Engineering in Electronic and Computing

The student will learn the basic laws of Physics pertaining to Engineering including defining the standard units of measurement, forces, and the properties used in modern day engineering.  The student will be able to explain experimentation, how heat is transferred, radioactivity, thermal expansion, efficiency calculations, fluid pressure, and some wave theory.

This module is taught by a number of lecturers and includes many real life situations where the topics covered are used.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Be able to solve various exercises involving physics, such as heat transfer and thermal expansion using and manipulating the correct units of measurement 


Be able to determine the efficiency of various simple machines, explain their operation and determine their mechanical advantage (force ratio) and velocity ratio (movement ratio)


Be able to explain properties such as temperature and pressure and be able to use the gas laws to determine values for properties which undergo change.


Be able to explain wave propagation, sound and light and be able to explain simple reflection, refraction, diffration, and interference of waves, plus use the doppler effect to solve for changes in perceived frequencies. 


Be able to explain reflection, and refraction of light and show how images are formed in mirrors.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module is designed to give the students theoretical knowledge of physics which is backed up by a quiz each week to ensure the students engage with the topic. There will also be laboratory practicals, where the students will carry out experiments, record results, produce a report which will make conclusions and recommendations. 

Module Assessment Strategies

This course is designed to be a mixture of continuous assessment, practical experimentation, and terminal examinations. There is a quiz each week on IT Sligo's learning management software, plus every week the students attend for a practical experiment. There is also the possibility to have minor assessments during the semester.

A terminal examination will be held at the end of the semester  and accounts 70% of the overall mark. 

Repeat Assessments

Repeat assessment will be by way of sitting another examination on the subject. Alternatively, at the discretion of the lecturer, assignments covering the deficient areas of the course may be set.

Indicative Syllabus

  • Explanation of the fundamental and derived units of measurements, difference between scalar and vector units.  Basic definitions of the fundamental properties used in Engineering Science.
  • Momentum, law of conservation of momentum, Impulse of a force.
  • Modes of transfer of heat, conduction, convection, and radiation. Specific heat capacity, latent heat of steam, wet steam, power.
  • Thermal expansion of solids - co-efficient of linear expansion, co-efficient of superficial  expansion, co-efficient of cubic expansion,
  • Introduction to radioactivity: half life. Practical uses. Modes of radioactive decay and properties of radioactive decay.  Nuclear fission and nuclear fusion. The binding energy of an atom. Safety.
  • Introduction to fluid pressure: relationship between depth and pressure. Properties of fluid pressure. Gauge, absolute and atmospheric pressure. Pressure gauges, the Bourdon pressure gauge, the manometer.
  • The gas laws, Charles Law, Boyle's Law, the Universal Gas Equation.
  • Simple machines, what are they, mechanical advantage, velocity ratio, efficiency, law of the machine, and limiting efficiency
  • Sound: sound waves, progressive and standing. Beats, Harmonics. Sound wave measurements, introduction to decibel scale, addition of sounds
  • The Doppler effect explained and examples of how to determine the observed frequency when there is relative motion between a source of a frequency and an observer.
  • Introduction to light. Photons, and electromagnetic wave. Reflection in plane, concave and convex mirrors. Refraction and Snell's Law. Diffraction and interference patterns.


Indicative Practicals for Engineering Science

  • Lab safety procedures, report writing, and graph drawing.
  • The simple pendulum
  • Concurrent Coplanar force systems.
  • Determination of centre of gravity.
  • Principle of Moments.
  • Friction and inclined plane.
  • Simple machine. [Pulley system or screw jack]
  • Verify Boyle's law
  • To verify that for a plane mirror, the angles of incidence and reflection are equal
  • To investigate Snell's law of refraction.
  • Density, relative density, and Archimedes Principle
  • To measure the relative density of a liquid using Hares apparatus
  • To measure the coefficient of linear expansion for copper, steel and aluminium
  • To measure the thermal conductivity of a substance.
  • Real and apparent depth in a glass block
  • Calculate the speed of sound in air (resonance tube).
  • To investigate the relationship between wave velocity and the tension in a wire
  • Spectrum of white light using Prism

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
30 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
70 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Written Report Laboratory and tutorials Coursework Assessment UNKNOWN 20 % OnGoing 1,3,4,5
2 Quiz each week on Moodle Coursework Assessment Multiple Choice/Short Answer Test 10 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Terminal exam Final Exam UNKNOWN 70 % Week 15 1,2,3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Tiered Classroom Lecture 4 Weekly 4.00
Practical / Laboratory Engineering Laboratory Laboratory practicals or tutorials 2 Fortnightly 1.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Solving MCQs on moodle each week 1 Weekly 1.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Preparation for weekly class 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Writing report for experiemnts 2 Fortnightly 1.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Revision of classwork 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 5.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2007-04-06 Fundamentals of Physics Wiley
ISBN 0470044721 ISBN-13 9780470044728

No other book on the market today can match the 30-year success of Halliday, Resnick and Walker's Fundamentals of Physics! In a breezy, easy-to-understand style the book offers a solid understanding of fundamental physics concepts, and helps readers apply this conceptual understanding to quantitative problem solving. This book offers a unique combination of authoritative content and stimulating applications. * Problem-solving tactics are provided to help the reader solve problems and avoid common errors. * This new edition features several thousand end of chapter problems that were rewritten to streamline both the presentations and answers. * Chapter Puzzlers open each chapter with an intriguing application or question that is explained or answered in the chapter.

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Engineernig Science by Hughes and Hughes (Longman Scientific)

Principles of Physics by Halliday, Resnick & Walker (Wiley)

Fundamentals of Physics by Hallliday, Resnick & Walker (Wiley)

Investigating Physics by Andrew Kenny (Gill & McMillan)

Journal Resources


URL Resources


Other Resources

Room E1014 for practicals. 

Additional Information