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.

Course outline

Semester 1

  • physical quantities and units
  • vectors
  • 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

Semester 2

  • electric circuits, electric fields and Gauss's law
  • magnetic fields, electromagnetic forces and Ampere's law
  • electromagnetic induction
  • wave-particle duality
  • energy-mass relationship
  • relativity
  • Bohr's model of a hydrogen atom
  • nuclear reactions, fusion and fission, binding energy
  • particle decays, half-life and nuclear activity


Assignments: 5%
Exams: 70%
Quiz: 5%
Practical classes: 20%