This is a first semester introductory course for Science students who do not intend proceeding to second-year courses in Physics. PHY1032S and PHY1032F are equivalent.


Mawande Lushozi, RW James 4.11

Entrance requirements

PHY1023H or PHY1031F; MAM1004W (or equivalent) must have been passed or be taken concurrently.

Course outline

ELECTRICITY AND MAGNETISM: Electric charge, electric field, electric potential, capacitance, current, current density, emf, resistance, resitivity, networks, magnetic field, Biot-Savart law, Ampere's law, electromagnetic induction, inductance, alternating currents.
OPTICS: light, wave optics, interference, diffraction, reflection, refraction, images, lenses, optical instruments
THERMODYNAMICS: Thermal energy, heat, laws of thermodynamics, entropy, thermal properties of matter, atomic model of matter, thermal expansion, calorimetry
MODERN PHYSICS: The electron and photon, quantum physical phenomena, atomic structure, wave-particle duality, elementary particle physics, radioactivity.


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