20113 Fundamentals of Physics I 1

Credits: 3 introductory credits in Physics

Prerequisites: none 2

Recommended: Differential and Integral Calculus I (or Infinitesimal Calculus I), or at least basic knowledge of Mathematics on the 3-point matriculation level as well as knowledge of Physics on the 3-point matriculation level.

Author: Yoram Kirsh

The two courses, Fundamentals of Physics I and II, acquaint students with the fundamentals of Physics on the university level. Students lacking prior high school level Physics and Mathematics background (on the 3-point matriculation level) may encounter difficulties due to the considerable new material. These students are urged to supplement their knowledge prior to enrollment in the course on their own or by taking the Physics Preparatory Workshop (91463). Students lacking suitable background need to be prepared to invest more effort than usual in the course itself.

Topics: Mathematical introduction, kinematics, vectors; Newton’s laws, gravitation, statics; Work, mechanical energy and heat; Conservation of momentum, circular motion and harmonic motion; Electrostatics; Direct current; Simple circuits.

1There is some overlap in the content of this and other courses. For details, see Overlapping Courses.

This is a required course in many study programs. Students who wish to switch from this course to Fundamentals of Physics for Biology Students I (20123) may do so (for a fee) until the end of the tenth week of the semester.

2Students who took 5-point high-school Physics and Mathematics and passed with high grades (within the last 5 years), are advised to contact a Physics advisor before enrolling.