Peter's Physics Pages
Physics for Civil Engineering Syllabus
Basic concepts of direct current Electricity
Current, Potential Difference, e.m.f.
Ohm's Law, power dissipation. Variation of resistance with temperature.
Resistors in series and parallel.
Kirchhoff's Laws and solution of network circuits.
Storage of charge on a capacitor. Energy stored in capacitor. Capacitors in series and parallel.
Pressure; Bernoullis equation; Archimedes principle; Viscosity; Stokes law and terminal speed; Laminar flow and Poiseulles equation; Turbulent flow and Reynolds number; Surface Tension.
Properties of matter
Introduction to Atomic bonding.
Attractive and repulsive forces, potential and force as a function of atomic separation.
Chemical Bonds: Ionic, covalent and metallic bonding.
Crystal structures; Packing fraction.
Amorphous solids and Polymers.
Microscopic defects in solids.
Elasticity: stress, strain, elastic moduli; Poisson's ratio; elastic limit; elasticity at the microscopic level
Brittle fracture; microcracks.
Plastic deformation; dislocations; work hardening.
Moving fluids; continuity principle, Bernoulli's theorem.
Static fluids; pressure, Pascal's law.
Buoyancy and Archimedes' Principle.
Viscous flow, Poiseuille's equation.
Oscillations and Waves
Mechanical oscillations (effect of wind on structures)
waves (phase, mathematical representations and intensity - decibel scale)
Resonant modes and Reverberation
Interference and Diffraction.
Engineering and Seismic applications.
Electronic band structure
absorption, emission and stimulated emission of photons
lasing action from population inversion
optical fibres and optical switches
optical integrated circuits.
Measuring , processing and control
Analogue and Digital data
instrumentation and data-collection applications.
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