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Basic physics concepts


St. Petersburg Electrotechnical University 'LETI'
Enrollment in this course is by invitation only

About the Course

This course is survey of major concepts, methods, and applications of physics. Topics include a description of motion, Newton's Laws, conservation principles (energy and momentum), waves, thermodynamics, electricity, magnetism, optics, and modern physics. It is for students who need a basic understanding of physics.

The online course is developed for use in distance and blended learning.

Objectives

  • The study of the basics of the information theory, the algebra of logic, number systems, the theory of algorithms, the basic principles of building a computer and the basics of programming.
  • Formation of the ability of using computers to solve the most common problems of data processing.

Common Course Outline

  • Module 1. Mechanics
    • Lesson 1.1 The main problem of mechanics
    • Lesson 1.2 Newton's laws
    • Lesson 1.3 Work and Energy
    • Lesson 1.4 Impulse and Momentum
    • Lesson 1.5 Impulse
    • Lesson 1.6 Implementation of the second Newton’s law
    • Lesson 1.7 The Conservation of Angular Momentum
    • Lesson 1.8 Newtonian Gravitation
    • Lesson 1.9 Kepler’s Laws of Planetary Motion
    • Lesson 1.10 Static equilibrium
    • Lesson 1.11 Friction
    • Lesson 1.12 Applications of viscosity
    • Lesson 1.13 Simple harmonic motion
  • Module 2. Gases
    • Lesson 2.1 Change of State in gas
    • Lesson 2.2 Ideal Gas Equation and Absolute Temperature
    • Lesson 2.3 Processes and Cycles
    • Lesson 2.4 The law of energy conservation in thermodynamics
    • Lesson 2.5 Second Law of Thermodynamics: Entropy and Systems
    • Lesson 2.6 Thermal velocity of molecules
  • Module 3. Fluids
    • Lesson 3.1 Pressure Produced by Fluids
    • Lesson 3.2 Archimedes’ Principle
    • Lesson 3.3 Pascal’s Principle
    • Lesson 3.4 Bernoulli’s Principle
  • Module 4. Electricity and Electromagnetism
    • Lesson 4.1 Electric force and Coulomb’s Law
    • Lesson 4.2 Electric Fields & Potential
    • Lesson 4.3 Electric Current
    • Lesson 4.4 Power and energy in electric currents
    • Lesson 4.5 Magnetism
    • Lesson 4.6 Principles of Electromagnetism
    • Lesson 4.7 Electromagnetic waves
  • Module 5. Optics
    • Lesson 5.1 Reflection and Refraction
    • Lesson 5.2 Lenses and Images
    • Lesson 5.3 Light waves
    • Lesson 5.4 Diffraction
    • Lesson 5.5 Interference
    • Lesson 5.6 Polarization
    • Lesson 5.7 Dispersion and Color
  • Module 6. Atomic Physics
    • Lesson 6.1 Blackbody radiation
    • Lesson 6.2 Quantum hypothesis
    • Lesson 6.3 Photoelectric effect and photons
    • Lesson 6.4 Bohr model of the atom
    • Lesson 6.5 Atomic spectra
  • Module 7. Nuclear Physics
    • Lesson 7.1 Radioactivity
    • Lesson 7.2 Alpha, beta, and gamma decay
    • Lesson 7.3 Nuclear binding energy
    • Lesson 7.4 Nuclear fission and fusion

Entry requirements

If you pass an introduction test for this course you will be accepted on a course.

Technical requirements

Review the technical requirements to access the course and complete it successfully.

Course authors

Alexander Kukaev

Alexander Kukaev

PhD, Associate professor of Laser Measurement and Navigation Systems Department


St.-Petersburg Electrotechnical University «LETI»
Yuriy Demidov

Yuriy Demidov

PhD, Associate professor of Department of Physics


St.-Petersburg Electrotechnical University «LETI»
  1. Course Number

    PH101
  2. Classes Start

  3. Classes End

  4. Estimated Effort

    4 hours per week
  5. Number of Weeks

    12