Introduction to Physics

Ref: C3528561

Anyone with an interest in physics. Learners will need a minimum Level 1 in English and an Entry 3 knowledge of maths.

Additional information about this course

No class 24/10

Course aim

This course aims to introduce the basic concepts and principles of physics.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is elementary physics. It covers the basic concepts and principles. Course topics will include energy force, mass, speed, heat, light, sound, electricity and magnetism, and how the universe works.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Assess the role of science, and in particular, physics, in helping us to better understand the complex, technological society of which we are a part.
  • Trace the history of physics and the evolution of scientific thought from ancient to modern times.
  • Define and analyze specific concepts, for example, velocity, acceleration, force and inertia. 3. Define and analyze specific concepts, for example, velocity, acceleration, force and inertia.
  • Discuss the various types of motion, Newton's Laws (including his Universal Law of Gravitation), the conservation laws of physics, the laws of electricity (e.g. Coulomb's and Ohm's Laws) and magnetism.
  • Apply laws of motion and conservation to solve a variety of basic problems. 6. Interpret the results of simple experiments and demonstrations of physical principles.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Introduction to Physics

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