Introduction to Physics for Scientists and Engineers

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to Physics for Scientists and Engineers

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Engineering Science, Physics

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

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

    PHYS 122 provides students with an introduction to physics, applied physics and quantitative methods. The course will include modules designed for students intending to specialise in physics and in engineering.

    Course content
    This course develops an understanding of introductory physics by focussing on the underlying concepts of motion and interactions, forces and energy, and the behaviour of waves and electric circuits. It is designed for students with little background in physics or mathematics who wish to gain a deeper understanding of elementary physics and its application to technological problem-solving.

    Course learning objectives
    Students who pass this course should be able to:

    • Identify and use the concepts of the course to discuss physics related questions and solve problems.
    • Develop basic physics laboratory skills.
    • Clearly represent and communicate ideas in physics using appropriate language and symbols.
    • Use critical thinking to apply knowledge and understanding to new situations.

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