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GENG0005 Engineering Principles

Module Overview

This module offers an introduction to the scientific principles and methods of energy conservation and energy transport.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • How energy is transported through different media and the effect of changes in medium.
  • The importance of energy conservation in interactions.
  • The basic principles of wave motion and heat transfer
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Apply theoretical knowledge to solve simple practical problems in energy transport and exchange
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Manage your own learning
  • Apply mathematical methods to solve problems
  • Apply problem solving techniques to familiar and unfamiliar problems


Heat • Temperature and Heat: Heat as a form of energy, Temperature scales and measurements • Heat capacity and Latent heat • Thermal expansion: coefficient of linear expansion for solids, coefficient of volume expansion for liquids • Conduction: mechanism of conduction, definition of thermal conductivity, temperature distribution along a uniform bar of one or more substances • Convection, Newton's Law of Cooling. Note: qualitative approach only • Radiation: black bodies, Wein's law, Stefan's law Gases • Measurement of pressure • Ideal gas laws, p-V, p-T and V-T relationships • Equation of state: pV=nRT • Kinetic theory for gases, the assumptions and derivation of • pV= 1/3Nm • 1st Law of thermodynamics • Processes and cycles Vibrations • Amplitude, period, frequency and phase, T=1/f = 2π/ω • Simple harmonic motion x = Asin(ωt+ϕ), • v = ωAcos(ωt+ϕ), a = −Aω 2sin(ωt+ϕ), maximum values of v and a • Difference between free and forced vibrations; resonance. Note: Qualitative approach Waves • Speed of waves, wavelength, frequency, amplitude and phase v=fλ • Difference between longitudinal and transverse waves • Travelling wave equation. Note: No derivation • Principle of superposition of waves • Standing waves in stretched strings and pipes Light • Reflection at a plane boundary • Refraction: refractive index, relationship to wave speed, critical angle and total internal reflection • Interference: coherent sources, two source interference • Diffraction: single and double slit diffraction and diffraction gratings • The electromagnetic spectrum; orders of magnitude for f and λ

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Learning activities include • Individual work on examples, supported by tutorial/workshop sessions • Elements of the coursework module GENG0015, may support your learning in this module. Teaching methods include • Lectures, supported by example sheets. • Tutorials/Workshops • Printed notes available through Blackboard and/or through your module lecturer.

Follow-up work32
Completion of assessment task2
Preparation for scheduled sessions32
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Any A Level Physics text. e.g. A Level Physics, Muncaster, Nelson Thornes, 4th edition, 1993, ISBN 0748715843, Hartley Library Classification QC 21 MUN


Assessment Strategy

External repeat students will have marks carried forward from the previous year for tests (5%), and therefore exam will contribute 95% of total assessment.


MethodPercentage contribution
Final Assessment   ( hours) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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