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Physics A

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Course ID: 1200-1FIZAW1 Erasmus code / ISCED: 13.3 / (0531) Chemistry
Course title: Physics A Name in Polish: Fizyka A
Department: Faculty of Chemistry
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Language: Polish
Type of course:

obligatory courses

Prerequisites (description):

Student should have a basic knowledge of physics and mathematics at the level of the secondary school


(in Polish) w sali

Short description:

The course provides the basic knowledge of physics, in particular classical mechanics, with use of vector calculus, differential and integral calculus. The course teaches the skills of simple problems solving and performing the appropriate calculations.

Full description:

The aim of the course is to teach the students of chemistry about the fundamental laws of physics in the field of classic mechanics. The course contains the lecture and classes with calculus. The lecture includes the demonstrations of experiments and theoretical explanation of physical phenomena.

The contents of the course covers the following subjects:

- Vector description of motion

- Fundamental concepts of kinematics, kinds of motion- Newton’s laws of dynamics

- Mutual interactions , the law of conservation of momentum

- Work and energy, the law of conservation of energy, conservative forces

- Forces versus motion paths

- Motion in the central field, angular momentum

- Relativity of motion, inertial and noninertial frames of references

- Many body systems, mass center, collisions, decays

- Rigid body dynamics, moment of inertia

- The law of conservation of angular momentum

- Harmonic forces, harmonic oscillator model

- Normal vibrations of molecules

- Mechanic waves

The classes with calculus are the mathematical illustration to the lecture. The students are taught how to solve the problems, discussed during the lecture, by use of the known mathematical apparatus. The classes take place in small groups of students, which solve the tasks together.

Lecture + classes = 60 hours

Domestic work 2-4 hours/week = 30-60 hours

Getting ready to tests and exam = 60 hours

Together = 150-180 hours


1.R. Resnick, D. Holliday, J. Walker, " Podstawy Fizyki", PWN, Warszawa, 2003

2.J. Blinowski, J. Trylski, " Fizyka dla kandydatów na wyższe uczelnie", PWN, Warszawa, 1974

3.B. Gadomska, B. Janowska-Dmoch, W. Gadomski, "Skrypt do Wykładu i Ćwiczeń rachunkowych z fizyki", Wydział Chemii U.W., 2000

4.A. H. Piekara, "Mechanika", PWN, Warszwa, 1970

5.F.C. Crawford, "Fale", PWN, Warszawa, 1972

6.B. Mendel, J. Mendel, "Zbiór zadań z fizyki dla szkół średnich", Wydawnictwa Szkolne i Pedagogiczne, Warszawa, 1997

7.L. W. Tarasow, A. N. Tarasowa, " Jak rozwiązywać zadania z fizyki", Wydawnictwa Szkolne i Pedagogiczne, Warszawa, 1995

8. S. Striełkow, I. Elcin, I. Jakowlew, „Zbiór zadań z fizyki”, PWN, Warszawa, 1965

9. R. Feynman, „Wykłady z Fizyki”, tom I, część I, PWN, Warszawa, 1969, 1974

Learning outcomes:

The student will:


1. know how to describe and explain physical phenomena taught during the lecture

2. be able to understand the laws of nature

3. and to describe them in the language of mathematics


1. be able to use his knowledge in physics in his work as a chemist

2. be able to formulate problems in physics and to solve them

3. interpret the laws of physics and draw the appropriate conclusions

4. be able to perceive the casual relations in nature


1. cooperate with other students while solving the problems together

2. ask questions dealing with physics

3. explain a problem in physics to his colleagues

Assessment methods and assessment criteria:

Credit classes:

- for a grade on the base of the written tests

Positive grade at physics classes is required for admission to the exam

Credit the course:- written exam in form of one choice test, in which explanation of answers is demanded

Practical placement:

Does not concern

This course is not currently offered.
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