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WELCOME NOTE for PHY101 students

WELCOME NOTE for PHY101 students Dated: Oct 17, 16

There are two courses going on “Circuit Theory (PHY301)”and “Physics (PHY101)” for the students of BSCS, BSIT at the moment. You would choose only one subject from these two, but it is suggested that to choose Physics (PHY101), students would have already studied Physics at intermediate level, otherwise they may opt “Circuit Theory (PHY301)”.
Note: For students of BSSE, there is NO choice to select PHY301, so they must take PHY101 only, in current semester.

Welcome to the course “PHYSICS (PHY101)”.


This course aims at providing the student a good understanding of physics at the elementary level. Physics is essential for understanding the modern world, and is a definite part of its culture.

This course will cover the following broad categories:

a) Classical Mechanics, which deals with the motion of bodies under the action of forces. This is often called Newtonian mechanics as well.

b) Electromagnetism, whose objective is to study how charges behave under the influence of electric and magnetic fields as well as understand how charges can create these fields.

c) Thermal Physics, in which one studies the nature of heat and the changes that the addition of heat brings about in matter.

d) Quantum Mechanics, which primarily deals with the physics of small objects such as atoms, nuclei, quarks, etc. However, Quantum Mechanics will be treated only briefly for lack of time.

Course Learning Objectives

1) Developing critical thinking and analytical problem-solving skills

2) Obtaining a basic understanding of the fundamental concepts in physics

3) Learning to apply these concepts qualitatively as well as quantitatively

4) Gaining an appreciation of how large a role physics plays in your daily life


It will be assumed that the student has taken physics and mathematics at the F.Sc level, i.e. the 12th year of schooling. However, B.Sc students are also likely to find the course useful. Calculus is not assumed and some essential concepts will be developed as the course progresses. Algebra and trigonometry are essential. However, for physics, the more mathematics one knows the better.

Scope and Duration:

The course has 45 lectures, each of somewhat less than one hour duration. All main fields of physics will be covered, together with several applications in each.


There will be total 3 Assignment and 4 quizzes in this course and its schedules is given in course calendar. The book you choose to consult will have many more. Those students who are seriously interested in the subject are advised to work out several of the questions posed there. In physics you cannot hope to gain mastery of the subject without extensive problem solving.


Their schedules will be announced from time to time.


This course is a 3-credit university course, and as such requires 8-12 hours per week outside of class for reading, studying and homework. Note that there are Assignments or an exam to work on during most weeks. Read the assigned Lecture Summary before each lecture. The lectures will be much easier to understand and remember if you are familiar with the basicterms and concepts. If there are concepts that you are having trouble understanding, talk to classmates after class, or put your questions on the MDB or E:mail to PHY101@vu.edu.pk as soon as you can. If you miss or skip homework, be sure to review the material covered and the assignment solutions so that you still learn it. These lectures build on itself as the semester progresses. Missing a fundamental point early on will make later material much more difficult to understand. Take the homework assignments seriously; they count substantially and will help you learn the course material. Start working on your homework as soon as you receive the assignment. If at any time during the semester you feel that you are not understanding the course material or that your grades are not reflecting your understanding of the subject, please mail us or make an appointment on Phone to discuss strategies for improving your grades.


There is no prescribed textbook. However, you are strongly recommended to read a book at the level of “College Physics” by Halliday and Resnick (any edition). There are many other such books too, such as “University Physics” by Young and Freedman Or Essential University Physics 2nd edition. Study any book that you are comfortable with, preferably by a well-established foreign author. Avoid local authors because they usually copy. After listening to a lecture, go read the relevant chapter. Please remember that these notes cover only some things that you should know and are not meant to be complete.

We assure you full cooperation and guidance during the whole semester.

You are open to ask any question through Email: PHY101@vu.edu.pkor in Moderated Discussion Board. You will be replied promptly.


(042)111-880-880 Ext (8545)

Best of Luck

Physics team

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