Matter and Interactions

University of Cape Town

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Matter and Interactions

  • Host University

    University of Cape Town

  • Location

    Cape Town, South Africa

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Course entry requirements: Students will be expected to have passed NSC Physical Science with at least 60%. MAM1000W (or equivalent) must have been passed or be taken concurrently.
    Students registered for this course will be assessed in week 5; if it is judged that they are not coping with the level and pace of the course, and would benefit from an opportunity to strengthen foundational concepts and learn new material at a slower pace, they will be required to transfer to PHY1031F or PHY1023H from week 7.

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course outline:
    PHY1004W is an advanced calculus-based introductory course for Science students intending to continue with second-year Physics. It features the modelling of physical systems from fundamental principles, and computational problem solving using VPython. The course includes the following topics: Modern mechanics: Conservation laws, the momentum principle, atomic nature of matter, conservation of energy, energy in macroscopic systems, energy quantization, multi-particle systems, exploring the nucleus, angular momentum, entropy, kinetic theory of gases, efficiency of engines.
    Electric and magnetic interactions: Electric fields, electric potential, magnetic fields, electric circuits, capacitance, resistance, magnetic force, Gauss' law, Ampere's law, Faraday's law, induction, electromagnetic radiation, waves and particles.

Course Disclaimer

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.