This subject provide a foundation for further studies in physics and related analytical-type disciplines, in particular science and engineering.
Students learn to develop quantitative physical models and become aware of the assumptions upon which these models are based.
Students develop physical problem-solving strategies, learn to apply electronic, mechanical and optical techniques of measurement in the laboratory, and record quantitative data with associated uncertainties. The laboratory measurement techniques also include computer-interfaced experiments for collecting and analysing data.
- physical quantities and units
- motion in 1D and 2D
- forces and Newton's laws
- statics and torque
- energy and work, conservation of energy
- momentum, conservation of momentum principles
- string waves and sound waves
- electric circuits, electric fields and Gauss's law
- magnetic fields, electromagnetic forces and Ampere's law
- electromagnetic induction
- wave-particle duality
- energy-mass relationship
- Bohr's model of a hydrogen atom
- nuclear reactions, fusion and fission, binding energy
- particle decays, half-life and nuclear activity
Practical classes: 20%