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Foundation Physics for Earth and Life Sciences

Foundation Physics for Earth and Life Sciences is a course run by Trinity College Dublin, Dublin. For more information about Foundation Physics for Earth and Life Sciences at Trinity College Dublin, please review the details below.

This course is aimed at students who may have no prior background in physics but who would like to learn about how physics affects the world around them, in particular the impact physics has on the earth and life sciences. This course may be of particular interest to those
considering a career in post-primary teaching. It carries 10 credits (ECTS). It is a foundation course of 44 hours of lectures or tutorials and 12 hours of experimental laboratory work and includes the followingtopics: physics of motion (mechanics), biomechanics, physics of hearing and seeing (waves), electricity and magnetism and bioelectricity, radioactivity, nuclear physics and related medical applications, heat, pressure and fluids and some of their biological, geological and medical applications.

Learning Outcomes:
– Demonstrate the application of classical physics within the biomedical and earth sciences.
– Connect the study of wave phenomena and electromagnetism with ultrasound diagnostics and vision.
– Relate basic knowledge of atomic and nuclear physics to radiation diagnostics and therapy, and to geological applications.
– Prepare a brief report, including error analysis, on a simple physical experiment.
– Through homework: (i) to identify the appropriate concepts, principles, and relations that apply to the problem; (ii) to provide a reasonable and appropriate explanation of why they apply; and (iii) to solve physics problems at a foundation level.

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Training ProviderTrinity College Dublin
Course LocationDublin
Location PostcodeDublin 2
Awarding BodyTrinity College Dublin
Course TimeIn each semester lectures/tutorials are likely to take place on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays (Daytime). A number of these lectures may be given remotely and students may participate online. The three-hour practical class will be held on four weeks on either Friday morning or afternoon.
Course Fee1,000
Entry RequirementsApplications will be considered from students or graduates of degrees in earth or life sciences or from others who can demonstrate the necessary ability in mathematics e.g. have completed first year mathematics in an undergraduate degree in a technical subject.
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