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Physics 1 Building Management/Construction Industrial Design

Common Topics

Electricity

**Basic concepts of direct current Electricity**

Current, Potential Difference, e.m.f.

**Resistance**

Ohm's Law, power dissipation. Variation of resistance with temperature.

Resistors in series and parallel.

**Circuit Theory**

Kirchhoff's Laws and solution of network circuits.

**Capacitors**

Storage of charge on a capacitor. Energy stored in capacitor. Capacitors in series and parallel.

**Electrical Safety**

Properties of matter

**Solids**

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.

**Fluids**

Moving fluids; continuity principle, Bernoulli's theorem.

Static fluids; pressure, Pascal's law.

Buoyancy and Archimedes' Principle.

Viscous flow, Poiseuille's equation.

Temperature and Heat

Temperature and its Measurement

Measurement of temperature, temperature equilibrium, construction of a thermometer scale, International Temperature Scale.

Linear, surface and volume expansion of solids, applications.

Volume expansion of liquids, applications.

**Quantity of Heat: Calorimetry**

Concept of heat; specific heat, thermal capacity.

Method of mixtures.

Heat as a form of energy, mechanical equivalent of heat.

Gas Laws - Expansion of gases, absolute temperature, Boyle's law, the Universal Gas Law.

**Latent Heats and Changes of Phase**

Latent heats, calorimetric measurements of latent heats.

Vapour pressure, properties of vapours, triple point - case of water. Cases of carbon dioxide and nitrogen.

Intermolecular forces responsible for changes of phase, behaviour of a real gas when greatly compressed.

The critical temperature.

Measurements of vapour content of atmosphere - absolute humidity - relative humidity - specific humidity - mixing ratio - dew - point temperature.

Atmospheric condensation, saturation vapour pressure over ice and supercooled water.

**The Transmission of Heat**

Convection, conduction, radiation, Prevosts' theory of exchanges, quantitative laws of radiation.

**Refrigeration Theory**

Refrigeration theory, properties and characteristics of refrigerants.

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