Offered to students admitted to Year 1 in ALL
Major/Minor ALL
Course Type
Offer in 2018 - 2019 Y N
Course Code PHYS1050
Date2019/07/23 20:14
Enquiry for Course Details
PHYS1050 Physics for engineering students (6 credits) Academic Year 2018
Offering Department Physics Quota ---
Course Co-ordinator Dr C C Ling, Physics < ccling@hku.hk >
Teachers Involved (Dr C C Ling,Physics)
Course Objectives This course offers a comprehensive training of physics for engineers. It covers the major physical laws on mechanics, electricity and magnetism. A calculus-based approach is adopted.
Course Contents & Topics This course will introduce and discuss the following topics:
Units and Dimensional Analysis, Motion of a Particle in One and Two Dimensions, Newton's Laws of Motion, Friction, Circular Motion, Force, Impulse and Momentum, Force Polygon and Static Equilibrium, Work and Energy, System of Particles, Moment of Inertia and Rotation of a Rigid Body, Simple Harmonic Motion and Pendulum; Electrostatic Fields and Potential, Gauss's Law, DC circuits, Magnetic field due to Moving Charges, Force on a Moving Charge in Magnetic Field, Biot-Savart law, Ampere's law, Electromagnetic Induction, Faraday's Law, Eddy Currents, AC circuits, Phases in Capacitive and Inductive Circuits, Power, DC and AC Generators, Transformer.
Course Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

CLO 1 describe and explain the physical principles of mechanics, electricity and magnetism
CLO 2 apply these principles to situations of the physical and engineering world
CLO 3 analyze and solve basic problems using the calculus-based approach
CLO 4 acquire and interpret experimental data to examine the physical laws
Pre-requisites
(and Co-requisites and
Impermissible combinations)
Level 3 or above in HKDSE Physics or Combined Science with Physics components or equivalent; and
(Level 2 or above in Module 1, or Module 2 of HKDSE Mathematics or equivalent, or Pass in MATH1011)
(This course is exclusive for Engineering students.)
Course to PLO Mapping
Offer in 2018 - 2019 Y        1st sem    Examination Dec     
Offer in 2019 - 2020 N
Course Grade A+ to F
Grade Descriptors
A Demonstrate thorough mastery at an advanced level of extensive knowledge and skills required for attaining all the course learning outcomes. Show strong analytical and critical abilities and logical thinking, with evidence of original thought, and ability to apply knowledge to a wide range of complex, familiar and unfamiliar situations. Apply highly effective organizational and presentational skills. Apply highly effective lab skills and techniques. Critical use of data and results to draw appropriate and insightful conclusions.
B Demonstrate substantial command of a broad range of knowledge and skills required for attaining at least most of the course learning outcomes. Show evidence of analytical and critical abilities and logical thinking, and ability to apply knowledge to familiar and some unfamiliar situations. Apply effective organizational and presentational skills. Apply effective lab skills and techniques. Correct use of data of results to draw appropriate conclusions.
C Demonstrate general but incomplete command of knowledge and skills required for attaining most of the course learning outcomes. Show evidence of some analytical and critical abilities and logical thinking, and ability to apply knowledge to most familiar situations. Apply moderately effective organizational and presentational skills. Apply moderately effective lab skills and techniques. Mostly correct but some erroneous use of data and results to draw appropriate conclusions.
D Demonstrate partial but limited command of knowledge and skills required for attaining some of the course learning outcomes. Show evidence of some coherent and logical thinking, but with limited analytical and critical abilities. Show limited ability to apply knowledge to solve problems. Apply limited or barely effective organizational and presentational skills. Apply partially effective lab skills and techniques. Limited ability to use data and results to draw appropriate conclusions.
Fail Demonstrate little or no evidence of command of knowledge and skills required for attaining the course learning outcomes. Lack of analytical and critical abilities, logical and coherent thinking. Show very little or no ability to apply knowledge to solve problems. Organization and presentational skills are minimally effective or ineffective. Apply minimally effective or ineffective lab skills and techniques. Misuse of data and results and/or unable to draw appropriate conclusions.
Course Type Lecture with laboratory component course
Course Teaching
& Learning Activities
Activities Details No. of Hours
Laboratory 6
Lectures 36
Tutorials 8
Reading / Self study 72
Assessment Methods
and Weighting
Methods Details Weighting in final
course grade (%)
Assessment Methods
to CLO Mapping
Assignments 10 CLO 1,2,3
Examination 2-hour written exam 70 CLO 1,2,3
Laboratory reports 10 CLO 1,4
Test 10 CLO 1,2,3
Required/recommended reading
and online materials
Lecture notes provided by Course Coordinator
R. Serway and J.W. Jewett: Physics for Scientists and Engineers (Thomson, 2009, 8th edition)
R. D. Knight: Physics for Scientists and Engineers (Pearson, 2008, 2nd edition)
Course Website http://moodle.hku.hk
Additional Course Information NIL
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