Oct 17th 2016

Basic Physics (Open2Study)

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Learn some basic principles of physics that help you understand how the world around you works. In our highly technological society, it is useful to have a basic understanding of the how and why the world works the way it does: that’s what physics is all about. It also involves a touch of history, a bit of mathematics, and many everyday examples.

Physics is concerned with every aspect of our universe, and in Basic Physics you will explore 4 main areas: Motion, Waves & Sound, Electricity & Magnetism, and Light. You will gain some valuable insight into these topics, and be able to make simple calculations and predictions.

What will I learn?

- The important quantities that describe motion: position, velocity, acceleration

- How to analyse the causes of motion using Newton’s Laws of Motion

- What the relationship is between force and energy

- How to understand the properties of waves, including a mathematical description

- How to understand sound and light in terms of their wave nature

- How waves overlap and interfere, and how this applies to some musical instruments

- Why a siren changes pitch as it moves past you

- The general properties of electric and magnetic fields

- How to understand the motion of charge as an electric current, and its application in simple circuits

- How to determine the forces on charges and currents from magnetic fields

- Key steps in the development of our understanding of light

- How to use the basic principles of reflection and refraction to understand the behaviour of lenses and mirrors

- An insight into the unusual and unexpected properties of light that are simultaneously wave-like and particle-like

This course requires approximately 2 - 4 hours of study per week, but can vary depending on the student. This includes watching videos, and taking quizzes and assessments. The total video time for this course is approximately 3 hours and 56 Minutes.

If you pass this course you'll receive a Certificate of Achievement. While this certificate isn't a formal qualification or credit, you can use it to demonstrate your interest in learning about this area to potential employers or educational institutions.