Principles of Physics

University of Cape Town

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Principles of Physics

  • 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 at least 60%. The permission of the Dean or Head of Department is required prior to registration for this course.

  • 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
    4 - 5
  • Overview

    Course outline:
    PHY10213H begins in week 7 and is intended for students who have been advised to transfer to this course after initially registering for PHY1004W or PHY1031F. It places an emphasis on the strengthening of foundational concepts and skills, the carefully-paced introduction of new material, and the development of sound approaches to effective learning.
    PHY1023H is an algebra-based introductory course for Science students. Some calculus may be used. The course includes the following topics: Tools and skills: Essential mathematical, diagrammatic and conceptual tools and skills for Physics, coordinate systems, vectors, rates of change, the fundamental forces, mathematical techniques and their relationship with physical phenomena. Mechanics: kinematics, forces, dynamics, momentum, impulse, work, energy, power, collisions, rotation, rotational dynamics, torque, angular momentum, static equilibrium, gravitation. Properties of matter: elasticity, hydrostatics, hydrodynamics. Vibrations and waves: simple harmonic motion, damped oscillations, forced oscillations, resonance, travelling waves, superposition, standing waves, sound waves, sound intensity, Doppler Effect.

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.