Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Introductory Physics (Physics 111) PHYS1010

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: School of Physics and Astronomy
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

Introductory level physics course for exchange students not majoring in Physics.


There are ten lectures and ten tutorial sessions over the semester; 5 laboratory sessions. There are also weekly online assignments.

Requirements of Entry

Normally a University level calculus course or equivalent.

Excluded Courses

Physics 1


Course work consists of laboratory work (20%) and online assignments (20%).

The examination consists of x20 MCQs each carrying 2 marks and x2 10 marks long answer questions.

Main Assessment In: December

Course Aims

This is the introductory class for international exchange students not intending to major in Physics. The aim of the course is to give such students a good basic understanding of the main physics topics and an introduction to the methods of experimental physics. It will provide a good foundation of basic physics that is applicable to other areas of science and technology. The course syllabus is aligned with the MCAT physics syllabus. The topics covered include: kinematics, Newton's laws, work, energy and power, momentum and impulse, rotation, harmonic motion, elastic properties of solids, fluid mechanics, temperature and heat, thermodynamics and waves and sound.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

* state the basic laws of physics in classical mechanics and thermal physics, and identify how they can be applied in various contexts;

* perform algebraic calculations and give quantitative predictions of outcomes in simple physical systems;

* identify relevant physical concepts and formulate solutions to simple problems and to present the solutions in a clear and concise manner;

* perform simple physical and virtual experiments, using computers and a variety of physics apparatus, including the gathering, interpretation and analysis of data.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.