GE1305 - Everyday Physics

Offering Academic Unit
Department of Physics
Credit Units
Course Duration
One Semester
GE Area
Area 3: Science and Technology
Exclusive Courses:
Course Offering Term*:
Semester A 2020/21, Semester B 2020/21

* The offering term is subject to change without prior notice
Course Aims

Technology has become a very important part of our life and career and our graduates will face various choices in the use of technology and technology related decisions in their future career. In this course, a non-mathematical approach is used to teach students physics concepts and principles, which are of general relevance and enable the students to develop well-informed opinions and choices in their professional career and everyday life. Students are also expected to learn in the course thinking skills of a physicist, which are evidence-based, critical and based on the framework of physical principles. The course will be run in a combination of lectures and tutorials with examples drawn from our everyday experience, important technologies, news, or even product marketing materials. Typical examples are experience in MTR, utilities in kitchens, mobile phones, musical instruments, renewable energy sources, LCD and OLED displays. The students is assessed through an examination with conceptual questions (there will be no numerical questions). The students can practice the use of concepts and principles to analyse a phenomenon or technology in tutorials. These tutorial questions are good training of the analytical skills used by physicists. Students, who have little high school background but will take PHY1101 “Introductory Classical Mechanics”, PHY1201 “General Physics I” or PHY1400 “Introductory  Physics for Biologists”, should take this course with the additional tutorials as preparation for PHY1101, PHY1201 and PHY1400. In the extra tutorials, the necessary mathematical formulation and examples of numerical problems are taught to prepare the students for PHY1101, PHY1201 and PHY1400.

Assessment (Indicative only, please check the detailed course information)

Continuous Assessment: 30%
Examination: 70%
Examination Duration: 2 hours
Detailed Course Information


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