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FACULTY: Science and Sport
SCHOOL: Natural & Applied Sciences
MODULE TITLE: Basic Physics
DURATION: 90 hrs
CREDIT VALUE: 3 Credits / Zero Credits


This module introduces students to the basic principle of Physics. It will expose them to the
fundamental concepts of physics which will prepare the students for further studies in the
subject area. They will develop sound investigative and problem solving skills and the ability
to effectively communicate scientific information.
Topics include physical measurements and units, basic mechanics, waves & light, electricity &
magnetism and the physics of the atom.


Upon completion of the module, the students should be able to:
i. understand the basic concepts and generalizations necessary for the study of Physics .
ii. acquire technical and scientific vocabulary
iii. develop the ability to apply learnt principles.
iv. appreciate the contribution of physics and some of the outstanding Physicists to an
understanding of the world.
v. gather, organize and report information accurately and concisely in the appropriate manner.
vi. apply a systematic approach to the solving of problems.
vii. develop the ability to investigate, verify and confirm general principles.
viii. interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working
relationship and the achievement of goals.


recall that a physical quantity is usually expressed as the product of a number and a unit.1 3.3 2.9 Unit 2 Vectors (3hrs) At the end of this unit students should be able to: 2. perform calculations with due regards to significant figures. determine the weight of objects using the relationship W  mg .6 1. 1. define a lever. recall the base units for the fundamental quantities in the SI system and their related symbols. x( uv )t ].3 5. Express derived quantities interms of fundamental quantities. recall and use the equations governing motion in a straight line with constant acceleration. use the conservation of linear momentum principle to solve problems. define momentum. calculate the resultant of vectors which are parallel.6 4.7 4.5 1.5 4. 2 Dynamics (2hrs) At the end of this unit students should be able to: define force.2 4.5 5.4 1. 2. displacement. recall and use F  ma to solve problems.4 4. add vectors by the components method.3 1.3 4. distinguish between weight and mass. express standard units using prefixes and/or their symbols. state Newton’s three laws of motion. Unit 4 4.4 5. explain the action of levers define the moment of a force.2 1.1 4. 2 v 2  u 2  2ax .7 1.0 MODULE CONTENT AND CONTEXT Unit 1 1.2 2.3 Motion in a straight line (3hrs) At the end of this unit students should be able to: define the terms distance. velocity and acceleration.8 4. [ v  u  at .6 recall that a force can cause a change in the size. identify situations in which a turning effect on a body will result from the application of a force. interpret and use displacement-time and velocity-time graphs to solve problems. state the law of conservation of linear momentum. state the principle of moments.1 5. resolve a vector into its two components that are perpendicular to each other.5 use scale diagrams to combine two vectors so as to find their resultant.2 5. define weight. speed. 2 . shape or motion of a body.1 Fundamental and derived quantities (2hrs) At the end of this unit students should be able to: recall the seven fundamental quantities of the International System(SI system) and their related symbols. Unit 5 Statics & Machines (2hrs) At the end of this unit students should be able to: 5. carry out conversion from one unit to another. explain the need for and the importance of standard units in measurements. anti-parallel and perpendicular.4 2.3.8 1. Unit 3 3.2 3.1 distinguish between scalars and vectors and give examples of each. use numbers expressed in standard form.9 x  ut  at 2 .

13 Unit 7 7. 8. Current Electricity (5hrs) At the end of this unit students should be able to: 8.12 8.10 define the potential difference between the ends of a conductor and use the relationship V  8. 6. amplitude.6 use the principle of conservation of energy to solve problems. efine speed.1 7. 6. period.9 calculate efficiency using [ Efficieny  inputvalue  100% ]. 8. frequency.4 7. perform calculations on the cost of electrical energy expressed in kilowatt-hours(kWh). 6. 8. explain the concept of resistance and use the relationship R  3 V to solve problems. 6. 6. 2 6.2 identify various forms of energy.9 define kinetic energy as the energy possessed by a body by virtue of its motion 6.0 5.7 define potential energy as the energy stored by an object by virtue of its position or state.4 calculate the work done by a force using the relationship w  F  s . differentiate between transverse and longitudinal waves and explain how they are propagated in a medium.8 use the principle of moment to solve problems on systems in equilibrium.7 differentiate between direct and alternating current. 6. 6.6 recall the relationship Q  It .3 7.2 8.11define power.3 describe the energy transformation(s) in a given situation.5 state the principle of conservation of energy. Q recall the relationship P  IV and use it to solve problems.4 define electric charge. explain the term efficiency and recall the factors which affect its value.8 use current-time or voltage-time graphs to deduce the period and frequency of alternating currents or voltages. and apply it to solve simple problems.7 Unit 8 use the expression P  E to solve problems. recall that in other conducting media an electric current may consist of the movement of both negative and positive charge carriers. recall and use the wave equation(v = f λ) to solve problems. 5. state and use the laws of reflection to solve problems.3 8.1 8. 6. 8. force and field.1 define energy and the Joule.11 8. n 2 sin 1 v1 1    state the laws of refraction and use Snell’s law to solve n1 sin  2 v 2  2 numerical problems. use graphical representation to identify characteristics of a wave.5 differentiate between electron flow and conventional current. t Wave (2hrs) At the end of this unit students should be able to: define a wave. outputvalue Unit 6 Work. 8. Energy & Power (2hrs) At the end of this unit students should be able to: 6.10 carry out calculations using the expression E K  mv 2 . 8.6 7.13 w to solve problems involving energy transformation. recall that an electric current in a metal consists of a flow of negative electrons. distinguish between conductors and insulators. 6.5 7. I . 6. wavelength.7 5.9 state examples of the conversion of electrical energy to other forms and vice versa.2 7.8 calculate the change in gravitational energy using E p  mgh .12 state the unit of power.

1 describe the structure of the atom. Unit 10 Magnetism and Electromagnetism (3hrs) At the end of this unit students should be able to: 10. Unit 9 Electronics (1hr) At the end of this unit students should be able to: 9..1 10. 8.. OR...2 state the function of each gate with the aid of truth tables. A A 4 4 11. define the term “half-life.. 10.10 describe the features of a transformer which make it efficient. 9. 10..14 differentiate between series and parallel circuits.5 represent and interpret nuclear reactions in the standard forms . NOT logic gates.15 recall that the current in a series circuit is the same everywhere in the circuit..7 apply Fleming’s left hand (Motor) rule to predict what will happen when current flows perpendicular to a uniform magnetic field. 11. state that a repulsive force exists between like poles and an attractive force between unlike poles.13 solve problems involving transformer using VP N P I S Unit 11 Radioactivity (1hrs) At the end of this unit students should be able to: 11.18 recall that the sum of the currents in the branches of a parallel circuit is equal to the current entering or leaving the parallel section and apply this concept to solve problems. 10. 10.3 analyze circuits involving the combinations of not more than three logic gates of maximum two inputs..4 differentiate between magnetic and non-magnetic materials. Z X  Z  2Y  2 He +energy 11. VS N I  S  P . 11.6 recall that a magnetic field line indicates the direction of the magnetic force acting on a N-pole.8 predict the direction of induced current given the direction of motion of the conductor and that of the interacting magnetic field. 11.8. 9.6 A A 0 and Z X  Z 1Y  1  + energy. 10. 8.17 recall and use the formula RT  R1  R2  R3  . for resistors in series to solve problems. for resistors in parallel to solve RT R1 R2 R3 problems..4 recall the nature of the three types of emissions from radioactive substances.1 recall the symbols for AND.19 recall that the potential difference across any number of components in parallel is the same and apply this concept to solve problems. 8..2 explain what is meant by the term ‘isotope’.5 define a magnetic field as the region in which a magnetic force may be exerted.9 give a simple explanation of the operation of a transformer.. 10. 8. 10.2 describe a simple activity to identify the poles of a magnetic dipole.3 state the effects of the separation of magnets on the magnitude of the force between them. 4 .16 recall that the sum of the potential differences across any number of components in series is equal to the potential difference across all these components.3 define radioactivity.”( T1 / 2 ). 10.20 recall and use the formula 1 1 1 1     . 10. 8.12 recall that for an ideal transformer Pout  Pin . 10.. 8.

4. McLish.Physics for the Caribbean.N. Class Discussions.0 NAMES OF SYLLABUS REVIEWERS: Barrett.0 15% 15% 15% 5% 50% 2 hrs/week 1hr/week 3 hrs/week TEXTBOOK AND REFERENCES Recommended Text Heinemann Physics For CXC(CSEC) . London: John Murray Avison John H .0 DATE OF PRESENTATION : 10. S. H 5 . Tutorial: Cooperative learning strategies.0 DATE OF ACCEPTANCE : 10.Physics For CXC.0 LEARNING AND TEACHING APPROACHES Content delivery: Lectures/class discussions/ demonstrations. Problem Solving 5. Lambert Reference Text Tom Duncan . Wilmot-Simpson.0 NAME(S) OF SYLLABUS WRITER/DEVELOPER McLish. Nelson. ___ N/A ___ ___ N/A ___ Ferriera. The breakdown is as follows: Coursework: Test 1 Test 2 Laboratory work Tutorial Assignments Final exams 6. L.0 ASSESSMENT PROCEDURES Coursework and final examinations will each contribute 50% of the total course mark. K.0 (To be done in tutorial time) BREAKDOWN OF HOURS Lecture Tutorial Laboratory/Practical sessions 7. Thomas Nelson and Sons Ltd 8. G. L _________ 9.

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