Concepts of Physics

Nelson Mandela University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Concepts of Physics

  • Host University

    Nelson Mandela University

  • Location

    Port Elizabeth, 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


    This module will prepare students for entry into the field of electrical engineering.


    • Achieve competency and efficiency in basic mathematical skills required for engineering studies.
    • Draw vector diagrams and analyse resultants and systems in equilibrium by using components and calculations.
    • Basic electrical quantities, components and concepts like resistance, resistivity, temperature coefficient, voltage, current, efficiency, power, energy, Ohm?s Law.
    • Perform calculations in DC series-parallel resistive circuits, including total resistance, current and voltage dividers, work and power, complex DC networks and Kirchhoff.
    • Analysis of RC and RL transients in DC circuits.
    • Gain basic knowledge of theory surrounding magnetism and BH curves, as well as performing calculations involving flux and flux density, current, permeability and windings in magnetic circuits.
    • Gain knowledge of theory surrounding Induction and perform calculations involving Faraday?s Law and Transformers.
    • Perform basic calculations in series ac circuits, including impedance, power factors, phasor diagrams and resonance.
    • Gain basic theory knowledge of semi-conductor physics and PN-junctions, as well as perform basic calculations involving silicon diodes, bridge rectifiers and DC and ac analysis of NPN transistor amplifiers in common emitter mode.
    • Successfully build on a bread-board any DC or ac circuit including any of the components studied in the theory.
    • Successfully perform measurements on any circuit by using a digital multimeter and an oscilloscope.


    • Basic Mechanics: Vectors, Motion, Forces, Waves, Heat and Energy (Term 1).
    • Electrostatics and capacitance (Term 1).
    • Electrical quantities (Term 2).
    • DC resistive circuits (Term 2).
    • Magnetism, magnetic circuits and Induction (Term 3).
    • AC circuits (Term 3).
    • Semi-conductor components (Term 4).

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