Fundamentals of Physics I

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Fundamentals of Physics I

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Physics

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Lower

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

    18
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    The development of physical law from Newton to the revolutionary ideas of quantum physics formulated by Planck, Schrödinger, Heisenberg, Bohr and Einstein. The physics of the real world: motion, energy and its transfer, and an introduction to the quantum mechanical nature of light and matter. Applications of the principles of physics to a technological society.

    PHSI 131 Fundamentals of Physics I is the first semester of a two-semester, introductory, calculus-based sequence. Our goal is for you to learn to approach, solve and understand a wide variety of physics problems on both qualitative and quantitative levels and to relate "classroom physics" to the real world we live in. We emphasise conceptual understanding along with problem-solving skills.

    Learning Outcomes
    Students completing this paper will:

    • Know the basic physical laws in the key topics of the paper: Newtonian classical mechanics, wave mechanics, and introduction to the quantum mechanical nature of light and matter
    • Apply the physical laws to understand modern technologies and predict the outcome of real-world physical phenomena
    • Use physical principles, in conjunction with calculus, to solve quantitative problems in the topic areas
    • Present a solution to a physics problem and be able to assess whether a solution is physically reasonable

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