The four first-year modules introduce you to the full range of engineering and science disciplines of the programme. Mathematics will also be a substantial part of the programme. The projects, that are directly linked to the theme of each module, will challenge you to solve a complex problem together with a team of fellow students.
The first module will offer you your first encounter with the world of technology. You will be introduced to various disciplines, such as statics and classic dynamics. You will soon discover the importance of knowing, and being able to apply, mathematical methods. Using so-called “lumped element models”, you will learn to render the more striking details of dynamic systems in your surroundings in simple models. In your first project, you will apply your knowledge of mechanics by tackling a research question, producing a solid model description and validating it with an experiment.
With students of Applied Physics, you will learn all about thermodynamics and thermodynamic cycles such as engines, refrigerators and heat pumps in the second module. Various methods of heat transport will be the focus of the lab work. The maths you need to solve thermodynamic problems will also be part of this module. You and your project team will design, build and test a thermodynamic system such as a cooler (refrigerator) or energy supply system.
In order to predict how materials and their properties will behave, you need to know more about the material's atoms and atom structure. The central theme in this third module is the relationship between a material's properties and its structure at atomic level. You will be learning about quantum mechanics and materials at a molecular level, with a special emphasis on organic materials and polymers. The team project in this module consists of researching available literature to find out which roles various materials play in new energy applications. The aim is to provide an advise on what materials can be best used to solve a specific problem. This requires a careful literature study about what is known and what would provide the best solution to the problem. Furthermore, you will study the influence that technological developments have on society.
The project for the fourth module challenges you to design and build an accelerometer. In the design of your accelerometer you will start by specifying the application range of your device which will require a certain time and frequency response. In the subject Dynamical Systems, you will learn how to model such a system and determine analytically and by simulation its time and frequency response. This will allow you to test and optimize the design. The hands-on Instrumentation practical is designed to familiarize you with analogue electronics and signal processing. You will apply this knowledge in the project to develop the electronic readout of the accelerometer system.