BIP-10306 Introductory Physics


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Practical intensively supervised16
Course coordinator(s)ir. FJ Vergeldt
Lecturer(s)prof. dr. H van Amerongen
R Spruijt
CJAM Wolfs
ir. FJ Vergeldt
ing. A van Hoek
ing. RBM Koehorst
E Gerkema
Examiner(s)ir. FJ Vergeldt

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

Mathematics 1 (MAT-14803) and physics at VWO level Natuurkunde 1


The course covers miscellaneous topics of basic physics and serves as a preparation for physics-oriented courses taught at a more advanced stage. The selection of topics includes classical mechanics, physics of fluids, the kinetic theory of gases, thermodynamics and thermal physics including radiative heat transfer. The course includes traditional lectures, problem sessions and laboratory training. The latter implies the performance of selected experiments dealing with topics covered by the course.

Learning outcomes:

After completing the course, students are expected:
- to have reached a basic level of understanding of the selected topics and to be able to organize their new knowledge within a logical framework;
- to be able to express, both verbally and in terms of adequate mathematics, the knowledge they have acquired;
- to apply, through systematic and logical reasoning, the knowledge they have gained when solving various problems encountered in real life practice;
- to have understood the basics of dimensional analysis;
- properly interpreting and objectively judging the outcome;
- to design and construct simple experimental set-ups, perform a variety of experiments, analyze and discuss the collected data, and writing a scientific report.
Specifically, students are expected:
- to understand Newton's laws;
- to apply the laws of dynamics using differential and integral calculus;
- to apply the work-energy theorem;
- to understand the pressure and flow phenomena of non-viscous and viscous fluids;
- to describe the state of ideal and realistic gasses;
- to understand various thermodynamic cycles;
- to describe steady-state one-dimensional and two-dimensional transport of heat by conduction, convection and radiative transfer;
- to have gained an insight into the basics of radiative heat transfer.


Prepare and attend the lectures, preceding the daily tutorials. Learn and understand by exercises.
The practical courses are obligatory.


The course is concluded with a written exam. A compendium will be available.
The final mark can be assessed only after completing all practical courses.


Studying material comprises of:
- the syllabus 'Basis Natuurkunde';
- the 'Diktaat Basis Natuurkunde';
- the 'Werkboek Basis Natuurkunde';
- the 'Practicum Handleiding' (06253611). All materials will be distributed to the students before or during the first lecture.

Compulsory for: BSWSoil, Water, AtmosphereBSc3WD
BESEnvironmental SciencesBSc3WD
BATBiosystems EngineeringBSc3WD