PHY 101 + Lab: University Physics - I

Offered Under: All Undergraduate Programs.

This is one of the courses offered by the university, which fulfills the requirement of Basic Sciences for graduation from the university. This course is mandatory for the students who wish to major in Physics, Mathematics, and Computer Science (CS) or in any Engineering Subject. The course forms a one-year standard course in University Physics. There is no prerequisite for this course though it is highly recommended that the students must have a fair amount of background in mathematics. Specially, knowledge of Calculus will be required sometimes. The course will lay emphasis mainly upon physical description of processes rather than complicated mathematical derivations.

Topics include – Mechanics: vectors; motion in one and two-dimension; Newton’s Laws of Motion; work, energy and momentum; rotation; elasticity. Heat and thermodynamics: temperature and heat; laws of thermodynamics. Waves and acoustics: periodic and simple harmonic motion; mechanical waves and vibrating bodies; acoustic phenomena. Optics: nature and propagation of light; reflection and refraction; lenses and optical instruments; interference and diffraction.


Please contact the Department of Physical Sciences for further details.

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Course Type Foundation
Credit Hour 4
Lecture Hour 60
Expected Outcome(s):

Suggested Books:
  1. Fundamentals of Physics by David Halliday; Robert Resnick; Jearl Walker
  2. University Physics by Sears, Zemansky and Young

Grading Policy:

Letter Grade Marks Grade Point
A 90 - 100 4.00
A- 85 - 89 3.70
B+ 80 - 84 3.30
B 75 - 79 3.00
B- 70 - 74 2.70
C+ 65 - 69 2.30
C 60 - 64 2.00
C- 55 - 59 1.70
D+ 50 - 54 1.30
D 45 - 49 1.00
F 00 - 44 0.00