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Applied physics

  • Class 30
  • Practice 30
  • Independent work 90
Total 150

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Applied physics

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Course overview

The objective of this module is to enable students to:
• analyse a real problem and create an appropriate physical model and critical review the results obtained
• apply physical models and principles in multimedia
• prepare for a successful continuation of the study

This module teaches students about basic physical concepts and relations related to: kinematics with emphasis on motions in one and two dimensions, dynamics, Newton's Laws, work, energy and power as a foundation to modules related to game development and application of physic in them and an introduction to waves and optics teaches students about vibrations with emphasis on simple harmonic oscillator and mathematical pendulum. Waves particularly sound and light and also fundamentals of geometric optic serve as a foundation for the modules regarding sound, photography and video that students have later in the study.

It is important for students to take this module to develop their logical and reasoning skills and acquire the knowledge needed for other modules in this study programme. The knowledge students acquire in this module will contribute to the overall skillset for their future employment as multimedia specialists.


Essential reading:
1. Urone, P.P., Hinrichs, R., Dirks, K., Sharma, M. (2012) College Physics, Huston: OpenStax. Available at: (Accessed: 10 May 2020)

Recommended reading:
1. Beiser, A. (2011) Schaum's Easy Outline of Applied Physics, 3rd edition, [s.l.]: McGraw-Hill Education - Europe
2. Cutnell J. D., Johnson K. W. (2012) Physics, 9th edition, United States: Wiley

Further reading:
1. Ewen, D. Schurter N., Gundersen, E. (2012) Applied Physics, 10th edition, [s.l.]: Pearson

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Minimal learning outcomes

  • Explain the basic kinematic quantities, motions in one and two dimensions and Newton's laws and their interrelationship.
  • Explain work and power, basic types of energy, and the laws of conservation of energy and momentum.
  • Explain the oscillation of a simple harmonic oscillator and define the basic physical concepts related to waves.
  • Explain the basic concepts in the field of acoustics.
  • Determine the properties of mirror systems and lens systems and explain the laws of geometric optics.

Preferred learning outcomes

  • Solve problem tasks related to Newton's laws and motions in one and two dimensions.
  • Solve problem tasks related to work, power, energy and momentum.
  • Solve problem tasks related to vibration and wave motion.
  • Solve sound-related problem tasks.
  • Graph the image formation in mirrors and lenses, describe the resulting image and solve problem tasks related to geometric optics.
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