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Pre-university Physics

Delft University of Technology via edX

Overview

Physics is the foundation of many important science and engineering disciplines. Understanding its basics is fundamental for advanced studies. In this course, you will have the chance to review the fundamentals either for your own interest, or to ensure you have a smoother start in the first year of your Bachelor’s degree.

The course aims to close the readiness gap between high school and university. It was specifically developed for potential future students: it covers physics topics that are a prerequisite for many engineering programs, but will also show you how these topics are applied in the various follow-up studies (For example in Applied Physics, Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Electrical Engineering). The course not only covers the content needed for further study but also introduces the different ways in which physics is presented at university level to ensure an easy entry to a new degree program.

This course is intended for:

  1. Prospective engineering students who want to refresh their physics knowledge before starting university
  2. High school students who would like an additional challenge in physics not offered by their school
  3. Engineering students already enrolled in university who realize that they have a gap in their physics knowledge
  4. Other people who are interested in university level physics

Syllabus

Module 1: Mechanics

  • Force and Motion
  • Multiple Forces
  • Work
  • Energy
  • Circular Motion

Module 2: Electricity and Magnetism

  • Electric Force and Field
  • Electric Potential and Electric Energy
  • Electrical Circuits
  • Magnetic Fields
  • Advanced electrical circuits

Module 3: Waves

  • Introduction to waves
  • Harmonic motion
  • Coupled oscillations
  • Travelling waves
  • Standing waves

Taught by

Sander Otte, Jeroen Kalkman, Liedewij Laan and Timon Idema

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