The module is delivered entirely online and all study material is accessible via the module website. There are no printed books, no other printed materials and no CDs/DVDs, although short printable summaries for each Unit are available to download.
You will need
A scientific calculator.
A computing device with a browser and broadband internet access is required for this module. Any modern browser will be suitable for most computer activities. Functionality may be limited on mobile devices.
Any additional software will be provided, or is generally freely available. However, some activities may have more specific requirements. For this reason, you will need to be able to install and run additional software on a device that meets the requirements below.
A desktop or laptop computer with either:
- Windows 7 or higher
- macOS 10.7 or higher
The screen of the device must have a resolution of at least 1024 pixels horizontally and 768 pixels vertically.
To participate in our online-discussion area you will need both a microphone and speakers/headphones.
Our Skills for OU study website has further information including computing skills for study, computer security, acquiring a computer and Microsoft software offers for students.
If you have a disability
The materials for this module are provided as a series of web pages via the module website. Printable versions/PDFs of the online text-based material will be available. Other formats of the study materials will be provided in the future.
This module is delivered entirely online via the website, so you will need to spend a considerable amount of time using a personal computer and the internet.
There is a considerable amount of diagrammatical information throughout the module (e.g. complex figures, tables, mathematical equations) presented as both on-screen text and through multimedia. These vary in scale and complexity and make use of symbols, shapes and colour as well as scientific notation. You will also be required to present diagrammatic and graphical information within assessment.
Because of the mathematical and scientific content, some online material may not be fully accessible using a screen reader. Figure descriptions of some diagrams will be available. Students with little or no sight are advised to speak to an adviser before registering for this module.
Written transcripts of audio and video material are provided, and some, but not all, video material is subtitled. If you have any concerns about accessing the material or completing the tasks please contact your Student Support Team. Students with little or no sight may wish to use the support of a sighted helper, ideally with some physics experience.
If you have particular study requirements please tell us as soon as possible, as some of our support services may take several weeks to arrange. Find out more about our services for disabled students.