Modern Physics, Heat and Mechanics

University of the Western Cape

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Modern Physics, Heat and Mechanics

  • Host University

    University of the Western Cape

  • Location

    Cape Town, South Africa

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

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

    Main Outcomes
    Students will be able to:demonstrate an understanding of the nature of science demonstrate an understanding of the social, ethical and environmental dimensions of science apply modern physics and heat principles to solve problems apply introductory kinematics and dynamics principles to solve problems apply mechanics theory to everyday life situations work in a laboratory environment and record, represent and interpret data access science texts and communicate in a variety of forms:laboratory report, essay, poster presentation

    Main Content
    The nature of the atom, Atomic spectra, the Bohr model of the atom and basic concepts of quantum mechanics.
    Types of radiation, radioactive decay, decay schemes and C-14 dating.
    Nuclear fission, nuclear reactors and fusion.
    Concepts of temperature and heat, specific heat and thermal expansion.
    Heat transfer by conduction, convection and radiation and applications
    Introduction to vectors and mathematics skills required for mechanics
    Inematics: Motion in one dimension and in a plane
    Dynamics: Newton?s laws of motion and their applications
    Application of Newton?s laws: Translational equilibrium,circular motion, gravitational forces and fields, satellite motion.
    Work and energy
    Impulse and momentum Rota Rotational Equilibrium

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.


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