Applied Sciences Department

Physics Unit

Welcome to the Physics Unit at the Applied Sciences Department of Higher College of Technology (HCT)! Physics is one of the most fundamental scientific disciplines. The main goal of physics is to understand how the universe behaves. It plays a key role in the present day modern technological life and will continue to contribute to the future progress of mankind. It expands the frontiers of our knowledge by extending and enhancing our understanding about the universe from the smallest subatomic particles to the largest galaxies. It is the basis of many other science and engineering specializations.

We are proud to offer a number of Physics courses to more than one thousand and five hundred students every semester from different programs and specializations in Applied Sciences and Engineering Departments of HCT.

Our mission is to provide all our students with a high quality education through student-centered learning and use of well-equipped labs where they can experimentally prove physics principles and laws, and groom them to be able to use Physics in their specialized fields and in their practical life to become valuable and productive citizens. 

Dr. Muhammad Shafiq Ahmed 
Head of Physics Unit / Physics Program Coordinator
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Physics Chart

I. PHYS1100 (Physics-1 Engineering)
This course should enable the student to:

  1. Explain the behavior of the physical world by constructing a logical structure of it.
  2. Apply the concepts of physics in ones field of study and everyday life.
  3. Relate the concepts of physics to the advancement of technology.
  4. Manipulate the physical world around him /her beneficially.
  5. Control the physical aspects of the world beneficially.
  6. Approach problems, predict their results in advance, and solve them in quantitative and qualitative manners.
  7. Describe the link between Physics and other sciences. 

II. PHYS1211 (Physics II Engineering)
The course should enable the student to:

  1. Explain the behavior of the physical world by constructing a logical structure of it.
  2. Apply the concepts of physics in ones field of study and everyday life.
  3. Relate the concepts of physics to the advancement of technology.
  4. Manipulate the physical world around him /her beneficially.
  5. Control the physical aspects of the world beneficially.
  6. Approach problems, predict their results in advance, and solve them in quantitative and qualitative manners.
  7. Describe the link between Physics and other sciences.

III. PHYS1201 (Physics for Science)
The course should enable the student to:

  1. Explain the behavior of the physical world around him/her by constructing a logical structure of it.
  2. Apply the concepts of physics in his/her field of study and everyday life.
  3. Understand and relate the different phenomena in the world.
  4. Control the physical aspects of the world beneficially.
  5. Approach problems, predict their results in advance, and solve them in quantitative and qualitative manners.
  6. Gain a broader understanding of other science.

IV.  INST 2200 (Instrumentation)
The course should enable the student to:

  1. Describe the potential hazards associated with electrical powered equipment.
  2. Appreciate the effects of environmental factors on the performance of particular instruments and to know the measures to maintain suitable conditions in the laboratory.
  3. Possess the practical skills needed for operating and maintaining specific equipment.
  4. Recognize and test individual electronic components for correct performance.
  5. Identify the correct and systematic fault diagnostic procedures and be able to correct some common faults.
  6. Have some insight of specific types of instrument design.

V. MATT 2200 (Materials Technology)
The course should enable the student to:

  1. Classify and describe some of the physical and mechanical properties of materials.
  2. Understand the basic concepts related to crystalline structure.
  3. Recognize that binary equilibrium diagrams are useful in the understanding of alloy structures.
  4. Describe the iron-carbon system and explain the effects of the percentage of carbon, heat treatment processes and common alloy elements on plain carbon steel.
  5. Describe the structure and properties of common cast irons and the application and properties of some types of non-ferrous alloys.
  6. Distinguish between the different types of polymers and relate their use to their structure.
  7. Apply common testing methods to establish the mechanical properties of materials.
  8. Prepare and examine specimens of microstructure of metals.
  9. Define the use of non-destructive testing.

VI. IRSE2105 (Introduction to Renewable Sources of Energy)
The course should enable the student to:

  1. To recognize and differentiate the renewable and nonrenewable sources of energy.
  2. To appreciate how historically, renewable energy powered growth of early human societies.
  3. To outline different aspects and utilization of renewable energy sources for both domestics and industrial applications.
  4. Relate the concepts of physics to the advancement of technology.
  5. Understand types of renewable energy and its application related with greenhouse effect, global warming in modern life.
  6. To understand the efficiencies of both new and established energy generation and conversion methods.
  7. To acquire knowledge about the principle, construction and working of working of box type solar, cooker, solar concentrators’, solar water heater, solar thermal power plant and their limitations / advantages and disadvantages. 
  8. To acquire knowledge about the principle, working, different type’s of solar photovoltaic cells/panels their applications. Solar power generation and storage scheme and their limitations / advantages and disadvantages.
  9. To acquire knowledge about wind energy harnessing and storage. To understand the principle, construction and working of working of wind turbines and factors affecting the power generation efficiency.
  10. To acquire knowledge about hydroelectric power generation. 
  11. To acquire knowledge about tidal energy and its harnessing. 
  12. To acquire knowledge about geothermal energy and its use. 
  13. To acquire knowledge about biofuel/biomass energy and its uses. 
  14. Approach problems, predict their result and solve them in quantitative and qualitative manners.
  15. To analyse the environmental and cost economics of using renewable energy sources compared to fossil fuels.
  16. Explain the principles for detecting various types of renewable energies and to be aware of the career opportunities.

 

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