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Scheme of Work:

1 Introduction to Physics; Familiarization of Physics Laboratory
2 Measurement of Mass, Weight, Length and Time;
3. Motion in Nature, Force, Circular Motion, Centripetal and Centrifugal Forces
4. Frictions
5. Vector and Scalar Quantity, Distance/Displacement, Speed/Velocity, Acceleration, Distance/Displacement-Time Graph, Speed/Velocity-Time Graph, equations of uniformly acceleration
6. Calculations on velocity-time graph.
7. Density and Relative Density
8. Upthrust, Archimedes Principle, Law of floatation, Pressure
9. Work, Energy and power. Work Done in a Force Field, Types of Energy and Energy Conversion.
10. Viscosity
11. Revision

REFERENCE BOOKS
• New School Physics. By Prof. M.W Anyakoha
• New System Physics. By Dr. Charles Chow et.al

WEEK ONE
TOPIC: INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICS
CONTENT
• MEANING OF PHYSICS
• FUNDAMENTAL QUANTITIES AND UNITS
• DIMENSIONS OF PHYSICAL QUANTITIES

MEANING OF PHYSICS
Physics is the scientific study of matter and energy and how they interact with each other. This energy can take the form of motion, light, electricity, radiation, gravity etc. Physics deals with matter on scales ranging from sub-atomic particles (i.e. the particles that make up the atom and the particles that make up those particles) to stars and even the entire galaxies. It can also be defined as a natural science that involves the study of matter and its motion through space-time, as well as all applicable concepts, such as energy and force. More broadly, it is the general analysis of nature, conducted in order to understand how the universe behaves.

Physics is one of the oldest academic disciplines, perhaps the oldest through its inclusion of astronomy. Over the last two millennia, Physics had been considered synonymous with Philosophy, Chemistry, and certain branches of Mathematics and Biology, but during the scientific revolution in the 16th century, it emerged to become a unique modern science in its own right. However, in some subject areas such as in mathematical physics and quantum chemistry, the boundaries of physics remain difficult to distinguish.

Physics is both significant and influential, in part because advances in its understanding have often translated into new technologies, but also because new ideas in Physics often resonate with other sciences, Mathematics, and Philosophy. For example, advances in the understanding of electromagnetism or Nuclear physics led directly to the development of new products which have dramatically transformed modern-day society, such as television, computers, domestic appliances, and nuclear weapons; advances in thermodynamics led to the development of motorized transport; and advances in mechanics inspired the development of calculus.

In order to understand clearly the fundamental concepts, Physics is divided into two main branches:
(i) Classical Physics – This consists of the following: mechanics, heat, optics, wave and sound, electricity and magnetism.
(ii) Modern Physics – This covers the aspects of matter energy and their relations at atomic and sub-atomic levels.

Other fields of Physics are: Geophysics, Astrophysics, Bio-physics, Nuclear physics, Engineering physics etc.

EVALUATION
1. What do you understand by the term “Physics’’?
2. State the step involved in scientific method?

FUNDAMENTAL QUANTITIES AND UNIT
Measurements play an important role in Physics. A unit has to be…