General Physics A

University of Cape Town

Course Description

  • Course Name

    General Physics A

  • Host University

    University of Cape Town

  • Location

    Cape Town, South Africa

  • Area of Study

    Physics

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Students will be expected to have passed NSC Physical Science with at least 60%. Students registered for this course will be assessed in week 5; if it is judged that they are not coping with the level and pace of the course, and would benefit from an opportunity to strengthen foundational concepts and learn new material at a slower pace, they will be required to transfer to PHY1023H from week 7.

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Lower

    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

    18
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 5
  • Overview

    PHY1031F is an algebra-based introductory course for Science students who do not intend to proceed to second-year courses in Physics. Some calculus may be used. The course includes the following topics: Mechanics: vectors, kinematics, forces, dynamics, momentum, impulse, work, energy, power, collisions, rotation, rotational dynamics, torque, angular momentum, static equilibrium, gravitation. Properties of matter: elasticity, hydrostatics, hydrodynamics. Vibrations and waves: simple harmonic motion, damped oscillations, forced oscillations, resonance, travelling waves, superposition, standing waves, sound waves, sound intensity, Doppler Effect.

    DP requirements: Minimum of 40% in class record, including 50% in laboratory assessment.

    Assessment: Class record (weekly problem sets, class tests and laboratory record) counts 50%; one 2-hour written examination counts 50%.

Course Disclaimer

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.