Course code Fizi2007

Credit points 2

Physic I

Total Hours in Course80

Number of hours for lectures16

Number of hours for laboratory classes16

Independent study hours48

Date of course confirmation16.01.2013

Responsible UnitDepartment of Physics

Course developers

author Fizikas katedra

Zanda Gavare

Dr. phys.


Uldis Iljins

Dr. habil. sc. ing.

Course abstract

Physics course is giving an overview of fundamental laws that are essential to problem solving in engineering sciences. Course consists of lectures, laboratory works and individual homework exercises. During the lectures students are introduced to theory and ways of describing physical laws, as well as mastering the methods of solving problems using an appropriate mathematical apparatus. During laboratory workshops students deal with hands-on exercises where they measure, process and analyse various data readings. While working on homework problems students indetependently master the problem analysis and solving techniques.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

After completing the course students will have:
1. knowledge about regularity of essential concepts of physics and critical understanding of how to use it in real-world process description. – The knowledge is assessed in laboratory works and homework.
2. skills to use measurements of physical quantities and apply knowledge in calculation for their branch of research, summarize and analytically describe the results. – The skills are assessed in laboratory works.

3. competence to evaluate results of measurements and calculations, problem solving and understand what influence their professional activities have on environment. – The competence is assessed in laboratory works and homework.

Course Content(Calendar)

1. Introduction. Fundamentals of mechanics. Kinematics. – 3h
2. Dynamics. Rotational motion. – 6h
3. Work, Power. Energy and its laws of conservation. – 2h
4. Fundamentals of fluid mechanics. Fundamentals of fluid mechanics. Equation of continuity for fluids, laws of Bernoulli, Stokes and Poiseuille. – 3 h
5. Mechanical oscillations (harmonic, damped, driven). Resonance. – 5h
6. Fundamentals of molecular physics. Transport processes (diffusion, thermal conduction, viscosity).– 3h
7. Electric field. Coulumb’s law, Gauss’s law. Electric current, electric circuits. Joule – Lenz law. – 5h

8. Magnetic field, magnetic flux. Gauss’s law for magnetism. Lorentz force. Ampere’s force law. Magnetism in matter. – 5h

Requirements for awarding credit points

The requirement is – passing the written exam.
The examination shall contain two parts:
1. Theoretical questions;
2. Practical exercises about the topics covered.

In order to be allowed to take the exam, all laboratory works must be performed and defended, and homeworks must be correctly solved and submitted.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

1) Each student will be assigned individual homework, which consists of the set of problems to be solved independently.
2) The student makes all the necessary calculations for laboratory works and prepares for their defense.

3) The student studies the literature in preparation for exam.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

Knowledge control:
1/ Laboratory works (work and defence) – 4.
2/Individual homeworks – 1.

Each test shall be evaluated by 0-10 points.

Compulsory reading

1. Valtera red. Fizika. Rīga: Zvaigzne, 1992. 733 lpp.

2. Fizika visiem.

Further reading

1. Jansone M., Kalnača A. u.c. Uzdevumu krājums vispārīgajā fizikā. Rīga: RTU, 2000. 247 lpp.

2. Tipler P. A., Mosca G. Physics for Scientists and Engineers. 6th edition. New York, NY: W. H. Freeman. 2008. 1172 p.

Periodicals and other sources

1. Terra. Rīga: Latvijas Universitāte ISSN 977-1407-7191


The course is compulsory for Level 2 construction specialty part-time students