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LECTURER;  MR  DARAMOLA OLUMUYIWA MOSES ND,HND, NISLT, B.SC IN VIEW., E-MAIL;, Department of Allied Health & Biological Sciences, College of Health Sciences 

Course description:

The student  should  understand  the  fundamentals  of  Physics and be able to apply  them to issues of professional  interests. The main objective  of this  course is aimed at helping the student understand the various theories  and concepts  in  physics that may  be encountered  during  the  period  of  training and  practice                     

Lecturetheme; This course  include  the following  Lecture themes;

1.Introduction  to Mechanics  as  a   branch  of physics . The subtopics include;

a.Kinematics  and Dynamics. E.G Motion,types of motion,Equation of motion and their derivation, Application of  the various Equations, Cause of motion i.e force,types of  force, Friction, type,methods of reducing  friction e.g  Lubrication, Ball rolling, Streamlining e.t.c. Coeficient of static friction and  its Experimental  determination , Simple  Calculations in friction, laws of

b.Fundamental laws of mechanics and the Newtonian mechanics.

c.Space, time.fundamental quantities and units , Dimensions of physical quantities.

d.Work,Energy,Conservation principles of energy   and power , LinearMomentum,principles of conservation of  linear momentum,Impulse of a force, CircularMotion and Simple Harmonic Motion.

e.Elasticity-definition of elasticity, Hookeslaw, Young,Shear and Bulk moduli, Gravitation.

.Hydrstatics. Pressure, boyance, Surface tension, adhension, Cohension,  capillarity, drops and bubbles.

2,Thermal  physics –the following subtopics has  to be treated;

a.Introduction to  thermal  physics , Definition of terms like Heat ,temperature ,thermometry, the scales,Heat capacity of solid ,Liquid and gases, Calorimetry , Expansion of solids , liquids.Elementary Kinetic theory of  matter particularly Liquids  and Gases including boltzman  counting, Heat transfer,methods of heat transfer to include Conduction, convection and radiation.Gas exchange  in terrestrial organisms. Change of state. Heat regulation  in animals , low temperature inBiology and in  Medicine.

b.The concept of  classical thermodynamics including the Zeroth law, the first law , work ,heat and internal energy , carnot cycles and the second law, entropy and  irreversibility, thermodynamics potentials and TheMaxwwell relations. Applications.Qualitativediscussion of phase transition. Third law of thermodynamics, Gas law of thermodynamics , ideal and real  Gases, Maxwell- Boitzman  Law of distribution of velocities, Simple applications of the distribution Law ,blackbody radiation.  

3.Modern Physics . definition-      It is a branch  of physics which deals with the post –newtonian concepts in the world  of  physics. It is based  on two major  breakthrough of  the twentieth century –Relativity and Quantum mechanics.It  often involves the advance  description of nature through theory.,The following  TOPICS   has to be treated under Modern physics; 

  1. Concepts of Waves and particles, quantization of change, mass and radiation. Photoelectric effect, Compton effect, Louis de Brogliehypothesis ,Diffractionof Waves  and particles , Uncertainty principles,.

b, Atomic structure ,models of the atom ,Thompson’s model and its failure .Rutherford’smodel, size and structure of the nucleus.

  1. The concept of   isotopes ,Niel Bohr and  summer field model. Theories of the hydrogen atom and their inadequacies. Experimental verification of discrete energy levels . Structure of  spectra of many electron atoms. Pauli’s exclusion principle, One valence electron,

d.Magnetic dipole moment and Lamor precision , Zeeman effect, stern and  Garlach experiment.

e.,Radioactivity, Fusion , Fission and half life nuclear decay. Law of  radioactive decay,  Natural radioactivity and dating , interaction of radiation with matter, dectractor and accelerator ,Nuclear reactor.

4.a.Electromagnetism – definition of  electromagnetism, electromagnetic field, Electrostatics ,Magnetostatics, staticsfield and matter, Electric and magneticenergy , Time varying fields, faraday’s

Laws and applicatios, a.c circuits , Laplace and poisson equatios, boundary value problems, Multiple exp.ansions dielectrics and magnetic materials, Maxwell’sequations.


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                               METHODS OF  COURSE  ASSESSSMENT.

Evaluation  will be  carried out  In  accordance with  the university policy .The lecturer  will present  a written course outline with  specific  evaluation criteria at the  beginning of the Semester, evaluation will  be  based on the following.     

Criteria Marks

Class work and Test 20

Assignment 10

Semester  Examination 70

Total 100

Pre –requisite courses NILL

Cases and presentations

Co-requisite course , none

Recommend Reference Materials                                           

          Text book:  Fundamental of physics  by  Halliday and  Resnick 7th  Edition   

  1. Fundamental  of physics  by Halliday and Resnick with  Walker  8th Edition  
  2. Modern physics by  Kenneth Krane.

Journal: NI LL

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