PHYS 2164 is an algebra-based physics course that addresses topics of special relevance to mechatronics and robotics engineering technology. There are three major topic areas: Part 1 Thermal Physics; Part 2 Statics and Properties of Materials; and Part 3 Electricity and Magnetism. The accompanying laboratory program emphasizes the proper techniques of measurement, experimentation, graphical data analysis, and error analysis. Practical applications of the physics discussed in the course are identified in relation to current technology.
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From the theory (lecture) portion of the course, the student will continue to develop the necessary problem-solving skills needed by mechatronics and robotics technologists. Specifically, the student will be able to:
Solve problems involving temperature, thermal expansion, specific and latent heat of materials, and heat transfer (convection, conduction, radiation) by applying the kinetic theory of matter and thermodynamics.
Solve problems related to the mechanical properties of materials involving the stress-strain relationship, Young’s modulus, shear modulus, and bulk modulus.
Design structural members that are in tension, compression and shear by applying the concepts of factor of safety, elastic limit, yield strength, and ultimate strength of a material.
Calculate forces, bending moments, stresses and strains that act on two-dimensional rigid bodies such as booms, simply supported beams, and trusses by applying the principles of static equilibrium.
Solve problems related to damped/undamped oscillating mass-spring systems, natural period and frequency, quality factor and resonance.
Calculate electric force, field, work, energy, potential, and draw electric field lines and equipotential lines for point charges.
Calculate capacitance of capacitors with consideration to plate separation and area, and the use of dielectric materials between the plates.
Solve problems involving magnetic fields, flux, force, electromagnetism, and magnetic permeability.
Define and explain the phenomena of diamagnetism, paramagnetism, and ferromagnetism that are observed in various materials.
Solve problems involving electromagnetic induction (Faraday’s and Lenz’s Laws), inductors, transformers and magnetic energy.
Explain the principles of operation of modern electric generators and motors, thermistors, resistance strain gauges, thermocouples, piezoelectric devices, and superconducting materials.
From the practical (laboratory) portion of the course, the student will continue to develop his/her ability to:
Use scientific instruments to make accurate measurements and to estimate the uncertainty in those measurements.
Analyse data and obtain the mathematical relationship between experimental variables by using graphical analysis software on the computer.
Estimate the uncertainty in quantities that are calculated from measurements and the results of graphical analysis.
Write a clear, concise and properly formatted technical report that explains the significance of the results.
Effective as of Winter 2013
PHYS 2164 is offered as a part of the following programs:
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