Course code Fizi2032

Credit points 3

Physics I

Total Hours in Course81

Number of hours for lectures16

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes8

Number of hours for laboratory classes8

Independent study hours49

Date of course confirmation31.01.2024

Responsible UnitInstitute of Mathematics and Physics

Course developer

author lect.

Antons Gajevskis

Dr. phys.

Course abstract

The aim of this course is to provide knowledge in physics, from mechanics to electrostatics and direct current, in accordance with the needs of further professional studies of energy engineers and machine design specialists, because physics is the basis for understanding of all natural and engineering sciences. Course of Physics consists of two parts and it is mastered within lectures, practical classes and laboratory works. The knowledge of Physics is essential for understanding of processes in energetics correlations in Physics, forms the basis for new innovations in economy. By solving the exercises in Physics the analytical thinking is developed. Modern specialists should know the basis of Physics for developing the worldview and creative use of physical correlations in practical activities.

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 tests.
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 tests and exam.

Course Content(Calendar)

1. Mechanics.Kinematic. Dynamic. 4 h
2. Molecular physics.The ideal gas law. 2 h
3. Electrostatics. Electric field.3 h
4. Test 1 Examination of the course material. 1h
5. Electric current. Resistance.3 h
6. Magnetic field. Magnetic induction. 4 h
7. Optics.Reflection and refraction.2 h
8. Test 2: Examination of the course material. 1 h
Practical classes:
1. Practical exercises in kinematics and dynamics. 2 h
2. Practical exercises in molecular physics. 2h
3. Exercises in electrical and magnetic fields. 2h
4. Exercises in optics. 1h
5. Test 3: Exercises on the use of acquired basic values in practice. 1h
Laboratory classes:
1. Laboratory classes in mechanics (friction, power, gravity). 2 h
2. Laboratory classes in molecular physics(density, heat capacity) 2h
3.Laboratory classes inelectrics (Resistance and Ohm’s law). 2h
4. Laboratory classes in optics (refraction, lenses) 2h

Requirements for awarding credit points

Passing the test (min. 50% of maximum points (each test – 10 points).
Laboratory works must be performed and defended.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

Preparing to test.
Each student must process the experimental data obtained during the laboratory work (it is necessary to perform calculations in accordance to the assignment and, if required in the assignment, to plot a graph), and document the results in accordance to the requirements, as well as prepare for the defense of laboratory work by independently studying the study literature.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

1.Evaluation of study results is based on student’s results in tests -3:
2. Performed and defended laboratory works – 8.

Compulsory reading

1. Branka V., Krūmiņš J., Puķītis P. Fizika 12.klasei: mācību grāmata. 1. Elektromagnētiskās svārstības un viļņi. Rīga: Zvaigzne ABC, [1997.] 127 lpp.
2. Branka V., Krūmiņš J., Puķītis P. Fizika 12.klasei: mācību grāmata. 2. Optika. Rīga: Zvaigzne ABC, 1993. 150 lpp.
3. Krūmiņš J., Puķītis P. Fizika 10. klasei. Rīga: Zvaigzne ABC, 1998. 263 lpp.
4. Gaumigs G., Aukums A. Fizika. Elektrība un magnētisms. Gaisma. Rīga: Mācībugrāmata, 1999. 96 lpp.

Further reading

1. Būts G. Fizika. Dabaszinībukurssvidusskolai. Rīga: Zvaigzne ABC, 1999. 172 lpp.

Periodicals and other sources

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


Compulsory course of TF professional higher education bachelor study programs “Applied Energy Engineering” and “Machine design and production”