A knowledge of Physics is Fundamental to Most Jobs Today
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Develop a foundation to applying theoretical physics in any world situations, from engineering and environmental management to rural industries and health sciences.
Examining objects in motion and understanding the concepts of displacement, velocity, speed and acceleration is a great way to understand how physics work.
This course guides you through a journey of discovery, through reading, observing things, interacting with knowledgeable and experienced academics and discovering new ways of looking at the physical world around you.
Lesson Structure
There are 10 lessons in this course:

Review of Basic Algebra

Introduction

Equations and formulae

Variables

Quadratic equations

Graphing

Geometry

Triangles

Basic formulae

Quadrilaterals

Angles and radians

Logarithms and exponentials

Trigonometry

Introduction: Scope and Nature of Physics

Observing, measuring, modeling, predicting

Units of measurement

Converting between units

Precision of measurements and identifying significant digits

Forces and Mechanics

Physics and motion

Displacement

Speed and velocity

Acceleration

Force

Force of gravity

Work

Power

Energy

Waves

What are waves

Properties of waves: longitudinal waves, transverse waves

Wave terminology

Relationship of frequency or period

Wave speed

Electromagnetic radiation and waves

Sound waves

Sound spectrum

Measuring sound

Speed of sound

Doppler effect

Standing waves and resonance

Electricity and Magnetism

Electrostatics

Conductors and insulators

How to make an electroscope

Coulomb's law

The electric field

Electricity and electric circuits

Current

Voltage

Resistance

Power

Ohm's law

Circuits: series, parallel

Magnets

Magnetic forces

Ferromagnetism

Creating magnets

Earth's magnetic fiels

Geomagnetic reversal

Electromagnetism

Electromagnetism and solenoids

Electric motors

Magnetic force

Right hand rule

Inductors

Lenz's law

Energy and Work

What is energy

Mechanical energy

Potential energy

Kinetic energy

Conservation of total energy and mechanical energy

Converting kinetic energy into potential energy

Work and force

Conservative and non conservative forces

Conservation of mass energy

Fundamentals of Thermodynamics

Temperature measurement units

Fahrenheit

Celsius

Kelvin

Converting between units

What is heat

Heat transfers: thermal equilibrium

Thermal expansion and thermal contraction

Light and Optics

What is light

Reflection

Refraction

Demonstration of refraction

Index of refraction

Difraction

The electromagnetic spectrum

How a rainbow forms

What are mirrors

Flat mirrors

Convex mirrors

Concave mirrors

Lenses

Converging lenses

Diverging lenses

Nuclear Physics and Radioactivity

Structure of matter

The periodic table

What is radioactivity

Alpha radiation

Beta radiation

Gamma radiation

Radioactivity applications

Nuclear medicine diagnostic and therapy

Radioactive tracers in agriculture

Food irradiation

Archeological and geological dating

Radiocarbon dating

Half life

Power generation

Radiation effects and injuries

Cancer and burns caused by radiation

Astronomy, Cosmology and Astrophysics

What is astronomy

The pioneers of astronomy

The branches of astronomy

Sub fields of astronomy

Astronomy in our daily life

The most important discoveries in astronomy

What is Cosmology

How did cosmology evolve

Hubbles law

Cosmological principle

Calculate the age of the universe using the Hubble constant

What is astrophysics
Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.
What sorts of things will you learn in this course?
Maths is the language of physics, that’s why any Physics course needs to contain "some" maths.
This is not a maths course though! (We review basic and relevant maths in the first lesson).
Much of physics is about explaining physical phenomena and being able to create predictive mathematical models or theories to explain why things occur as they do and be able to predict future results in a reliable manner.
Learn to Understand Motion
Examining objects in motion and understanding the concepts of displacement, velocity, speed and acceleration is a great way to understand how physics work. It is the study of motion which began since 400 years that gave birth to the science of physics, and is often known as “kinematics”. There are only a few mathematical equations that you need to know in this section and they are relatively simple and straight forward and easy to remember.
What are Waves?
Simply put waves are a form of energy travelling from one place to another; for example think of the sun, it is very far away yet its light and heat reaches earth, think of hitting a snare drum; the sound travels to your ears. These are only two examples of waves but there are many more. Unfortunately sound waves and radio waves can’t really be seen, this makes them hard to describe, however one can visualize how waves behave when dropping a stone into water.
What are Electrostatics?
Over the past few decades, people’s dependency on electricity has witnessed an exponential growth, compared with the past century where people only used a few electric lights. However, scientists began to study and research electricity long before electric lamps were invented. These studies and observations date back to the days of ancient Greeks when they observed that rubbing amber would allow it to attract smaller objects such as feathers. To better understand electricity, we need to start with understanding electrostatics which is the study of electric charges at rest.
Understanding Energy
The energy of an object can be defined as the potential of that object to do work. This has relevance to kinetic energy, potential energy and other types of energy, such as chemical, electrical, nuclear and thermal energy. To further understand the concept of energy, consider a ball rolling on the ground. If you apply a force to the ball and increase its rolling speed, you are actually doing work on the ball which results in an increase in the ball’s energy. So as you can see, work and energy are interrelated and in this lesson you will learn how to calculate the work done on an object as well as the amount of potential and kinetic energy that object possesses at any point in time.
WHY STUDY PHYSICS?
Physics is the foundation of so much of our daily lives. Machines, tools and equipment that we use every day, both at work, and in our private lives, are commonly designed, built and used by applying the principles of physics. Without physics, we wouldn't have computers, cameras, broadcasting (TV and radio), plumbing or electric lighting.
An understanding of physics allows construction workers to move things more easily and build things more soundly.
Physics even allows athletes to better understand how the human body moves.
This is an excellent foundation course for many industries; from engineering to photography and farming to transport.
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