This subject provides a foundation for further studies in physics and related analytical-type disciplines, such as science and engineering. You will learn to develop quarantine physical models and become aware of the assumptions upon which these models are based.

You will 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
  • Motions 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 Guass'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 (two): 5%
Exams (two written): 70%
Practical classes (12 sessions): 20%
Quiz (10): 5%