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Contact-new.svg Prof. J C N Rajendra,
         Dr. D A R Dolage
         Dr.K Karunananda
Employer:Open University of Sri Lanka
Nationality:Sri Lanka
Country:Sri Lanka

  Today is: 4, October 2022


Title of the course :  College physics

Course code: PYU1133

Target audience: Undergarduate students


Students completing the course on College physics are expected to:

  1. have the opportunity to analyze the physical world around you and improve their critical thinking skills.
  2. improve the physical reasoning as an important foundation to quantitative problem solving
  3. expose to general physics principles and introduced to the problem-solving methods characteristic of physics in a variety of courses
  4. explain some of the major concepts in the natural sciences and demonstrate an understanding of scientific approaches to problem solving, including ethics.
  5. bring interdisciplinary perspectives to issues and problems.

Course Description:

This calculus-based course focuses on mechanics and covers the following topics: one and two dimensional kinematics; Newton’s laws of motion and gravitation; work, energy, and power; equilibrium and momentum; properties of fluids; harmonic motion, waves and sound; and thermodynamics. The General Physics series is aimed at students in the engineering or natural science disciplines. Differential and integral calculus and simple vector analysis are used throughout this course. (Laboratory participation required.) Prerequisite: At least one college level class in Calculus or equivalent.

Course Learning Outcomes:

  1. Students should understand the basic concepts in Mechanics and how they are applied in science and day-to-day –life.
  2. Students should develop a broad understanding of basic principles of Mechanics and the foundation for acquiring new knowledge and applying it in a variety of situations.
  3. Students should develop problem solving, critical thinking and analytical skills and be able to learn new skills as needed.
  4. Students should develop the ability to clearly express their thinking in both oral and written form and to efficiently acquire new information from many sources.
  5. Students should develop the ability to explore terms/concepts and problem solving, examine laws/concepts and problem solving, discuss and   problem solving in Mechanics
  6. Students should be able to handle the basic laboratory equipment and understand the standard methods of conducting physics practical
  7. Students must be exposed to a range of technical skills and should become proficient in some.


Under resourses you will be given links which contains lerning materials in the form of videos, lecture notes and slides

Lesson 1 - Units and Dimensional Analysis

Once you learn the lesson on 'Units and Dimensional Analysis' try to asses yourself by doing the following SAQs

                  Question 1

                  Question 2

                  Question 3

Lesson 2 - One-Dimensional Kinematics and Free Fall  

Once you learn the lesson on 'One-Dimensional Kinematics and Free Fall' try to asses yourself by doing the following SAQs

                  Question 1

                  Question 2

                   Question 3 

Lesson 3 - Newton's Laws of Motion

Once you learn the lesson on 'Newton's Laws of Motion' try to asses yourself by doing the following SAQs

               Question 1

               Question 2

               Question 3