General Physics

A course to help you understand and appreciate the relevance of physics. 

Physics is the study of matter and energy and their interactions in space and time. As students of the sciences, you need an understanding of physics to be able to compare phenomena to basic physical models. In this course, we help you recognise the relevance of physics to biology at the microscopic and molecular and macroscopic level. It will help you as biology students to understand important concepts in biology and chemistry that rely on physics. You will learn broad physical principles that govern the world around us. 

The beauty of the subject of physics and its study of our universe is that the same fundamental principles apply to all systems across all scales from galaxies to atoms. This idea is central to the design of this course. We examine principles that can be applied to all physical phenomena (motion, light, sound, heat, and electricity) and properties of matter. You will work on describing physical phenomena in multiple ways – using words, equations, graphs, and diagrams. We will see what representation is useful for and make inferences about systems based on representations. We will train you to interpret knowledge obtained by reading scientific text in reasoning and problem solving and use simple mathematical tools to solve elementary problems in the areas of physics covered in this course.