Physics
1. The IUT preuniversity curriculum in Physics includes all of the highschool physics courses and some basic university physics courses.
2. The preuniversity courses in physics intend to help students well prepare to learn and understand university physics at IUT.
3. There are three kinds of curriculum according to the level of courses: Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced Level.
4. The scope of each level is described as in the following.
Basic Level
– The basic level is an introduction to physical worlds for high school students who have learned the physics subject for less than 1 year or even haven’t learned physics at all.
– This level provides basic concept on physical phenomena with only a little mathematical treatment.
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Subject 
Contents 
1 
Measurement 
Measuring things, Standards and units, International system of units 
2 
Straight line motion 1 
Position and speed, Motion with constant velocity 
3 
Straight line motion 2 
Acceleration, Motion with constant acceleration, Freelyfalling bodies 
4 
Newton’s laws of motion 1 
Newton’s first law, Force, Newton’s second law, Mass and weight 
5 
Newton’s laws of motion 2 
Newton’s third law, Applying Newton’s laws in straight line motion 
6 
Work and Energy 1 
Work, Work done by the gravitational force and a spring force 
7 
Work and Energy 2 
Kinetic energy, Workenergy theorem, Power 
8 
Momentum and Impulse 
Linear momentum, Collision and impulse, Momentumimpulse theorem 
9 
Conservation of momentum 
Conservation of momentum in collision along a straight line 
10 
Periodic motion 
Describing oscillation, Simple harmonic motion, Energy in simple harmonic motion 
11 
Temperature and Heat 
Measuring temperature, Kelvin scale, Quantity of heat, Heat and energy 
12 
Thermal expansion and Heat transfer 
Thermal expansion, Heat transfer (Conduction, Convection, Radiation) 
13 
Midterm examination 

14 
Electric charge and Coulomb’s law 
Electric charge, Conductors and insulators, Electric force and Coulomb’s law 
15 
Electric field 
Electric field by a point charge, Electric field lines 
16 
Ohm’s law 
Electric current, Voltage, Resistance, Ohm’s law 
17 
Electric circuit 1 
Resistors in series and parallel, Singleloop circuit 
18 
Electric circuit 2 
Multiloop circuits, Kirchhoff’s rules, Energy and power in electric circuits 
19 
Capacitor 1 
Parallelplate capacitor, Capacitance, Capacitors in series and parallel 
20 
Capacitor 2 
Electricfield energy, Energy storage in capacitors, Dielectrics 
21 
Waves 
Periodic waves, Wavelength and frequency, Types of waves 
22 
Propagation of light 1 
Electromagnetic wave spectrum and light, Reflection and refraction, Index of refraction, Snell’s law 
23 
Propagation of light 2 
Total internal refraction, polarization 
24 
Geometric optics 1 
Two types of images, Plane mirrors, Spherical mirrors 
25 
Geometric optics 2 
Thin lenses, Optical instruments (eye, camera, magnifier) 
26 
Termend examination 
Intermediate
– The purpose of the intermediate level is to help students develop and understand the physical world at a deep and fundamental level.
– This level is appropriate for those high school students who have learned the physics subject for about 1 year and equipped themselves with some mathematical skills.
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Subject 
Contents 
1 
Vector quantities 
Vectors and scalars, Components of vectors, Products of vectors 
2 
Motion in two or three dimensions 
Displacement, velocity, and acceleration vectors in a plane, Relative velocity 
3 
Projectile and Circular motion 
Projectile motion, Uniform circular motion 
4 
Newton’s laws of motion 
Applying Newton’s laws of motion in two dimensions 
5 
Friction and Centripetal force 
Properties of friction, Drag force and terminal speed, Circular motion and centripetal force 
6 
Conservation of energy 
Work and potential energy, Conservation of mechanical energy 
7 
Momentum and Collision 1 
Momentum and kinetic energy in collision, Elastic and inelastic collision 
8 
Momentum and Collision 2 
Collision and momentum conservation in twodimensions 
9 
Gravitation 1 
Newton’s law of gravitation, Gravitation near Earth’s surface 
10 
Gravitation 2 
Gravitational potential energy, Kepler’s laws and motion of planets 
11 
First law of thermodynamics 
Thermodynamic systems, Heat, work, and internal energy in thermodynamic systems, The first law of thermodynamics 
12 
Thermodymic processes 
Kinds of thermodynamic processes, Some special cases of the first low of thermodynamics 
13 
Midterm examination 

14 
Electric field and Potential 
Electric field by electric charges, Electric potential and Emf, Dielectrics and conductors 
15 
RC circuit 
Electric circuits with resistors and capacitors, The RC circuit 
16 
Magnetic field 
Magnetic field, Motion of charged particles in a magnetic field 
17 
Magnetic field and Current 1 
Magnetic field of a moving charge and current, Law of Biot and Savart 
18 
Magnetic field and Current 2 
Ampere’s law, Force between parallel currents, Magnetic field in solenoids and toroids 
19 
Electromagnetic induction 
Faraday’s law of induction, Lenz’s law, Induced electric field 
20 
Transverse waves 
Mathematical description of waves, Principle of superposition, interference of waves, standing waves 
21 
Longitudinal waves and Sound 
Sound waves, Musical sound, Interference and beat, Decibel level, Doppler effect 
22 
Interference of light 
Light as a wave, Young’s doubleslit experiment, Interference in thin films, Michelson interferometer 
23 
Diffraction of light 
Huygens’s principle, Diffraction by a slit, Diffraction grating and a spectrometer 
24 
Particle nature of light 
Blackbody radiation, Photoelectric effect, Compton’s experiment 
25 
Light quanta and Matter waves 
The duality of light, Light as a probability wave, Electrons and matter waves, Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle 
26 
Termend examination 
Advanced
– The advanced level includes some topics in the university physics along with advanced topics in high school physics.
– This level is appropriate for those high school students who have learned the physics subject for about 2 years and have good ability of mathematical skills.
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Subject 
Contents 
1 
Conservation of energy 
Conservative forces and path independence, Conservation of mechanical energy and total energy 
2 
Momentum and Collision 
Center of mass, Momentum of a system of particles, Momentum conservation in rocket propulsion 
3 
Gravitation 
Motion of Satellites, Escape velocity, Black holes 
4 
Rotational motion 
Rigid body, Angular velocity and acceleration, Moment of inertia 
5 
Rotational motion and Angular momentum 
Kinetic energy of rotation, Torque, angular momentum, Conservation of angular momentum 
6 
Equilibrium and Elasticity 
Equilibrium, Conditions for equilibrium, Elasticity, Stress and strain 
7 
Fluid mechanics 1 
Density and pressure in a fluid, Pascal’s principle 
8 
Fluid mechanics 2 
Buoyancy, Fluid flow and Bernoulli’s equation 
9 
Simple harmonic motion 
Simple harmonic motion in a simple pendulum, The physical pendulum 
10 
Kinetic theory of ideal gases 
Equation of state, Kinetic energy of ideal gases, Distribution of moelcular speeds, Degree of freedom 
11 
Second law of thermodynamics 
Irreversible processes and entropy, Change in entropy, The second law of thermodynamics 
12 
Heat engines 
Heat engines and refrigerators, Efficiency of real engines, The Carnot cycle 
13 
Midterm examination 

14 
Gauss’ law and electric field 1 
Flux of electric field, Gauss’ law, Gauss’ law and Coulomb’s law 
15 
Gauss’ law and electric field 2 
Application of Gauss’ law in symmetric systems, Gauss’ law in capacitors 
16 
Inductors and Inductance 
Selfinductance and inductors, Magneticfield energy in inductors, Mutual inductance 
17 
RL circuit 
Electric circuit with resistors and inductors, The RL circuit 
18 
Alternating current 
Alternating current, RLC series circuit, Reactance and impedance 
19 
Power in AC circuits and Transformers 
Power in AC circuits, Transformers, Electric power transmission 
20 
Maxwell’s equation and Electromagnetic waves 
Gauss’s law for magnetic field, Displacement current, Maxwell’s equations, Electromagnetic waves and speed of light 
21 
Relativity 1 
Einstein’s postulates, Special theory of relativity, The relativity of simultaneity, time, and lentgth 
22 
Relativity 2 
Relativistic momentum and kinetic energy, The general theory of relativity 
23 
The model of an atom 
Rutherford’s model of an atom, Hydrogen spectrum, The Bohr model of Hydrogen 
24 
Nuclear physics 
Nucleon, Isotope, Radioactivity, Radioactive decay, Halflife, Nuclear reaction, Nuclear fission and fusion 
25 
Fundamental particles and Cosmology 
Leptons and hadrons, The Quark model, The basic forces, The big bang and cosmic background radiation, Dark matter 
26 
Termend examination 