A taste of physics
Time: 18:30 - 20:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HS279
Duration: 1 session
What is the course about?
We will explore some of the fundamental aspects and important ideas of physics such as the nature of light,
matter and energy and the physical laws governing our universe. We will journey from the microscopic to the
macroscopic and learn about the new revolutionary discoveries of the world around us.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- Energy and forces
- Strong and Weak forces
- Quantum realm.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Outline the concept of a force and different types of force
- Describe energy and momentum conservation
- State the nature of planetary orbits, the concept of gravitational attraction and the possible nature of gravity
- Describe the properties of atomic nuclei, the nature of radioactivity and how it works
- State what light consists of, describe the wave-particle duality of light
- Outline the fundamental principles of the microscopic world and quantisation.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an introductory course and is open to all. However, GCSE-level (or equivalent) knowledge of physics or science is recommended. You will need a good grasp of English to keep up with the course and to participate fully in discussions. You will also need an open mind and a willingness to listen to other points of view in order to participate constructively in the course.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught in a number of different ways including tutor presentations with visual examples, group discussion and Q & A.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Bring a notepad and pen. There are no additional costs for the course.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
HS243 Chemistry: a gentle introduction
HS136 Physics of time
HS226 Stargazing at home: From your window to the Universe (December).
Rad heads up Science & Engineering at Kaplan International College in London Bridge, having spent more than seven years at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich developing and delivering world-class education programmes. She holds a degree in Physics with Astrophysics and a PhD in Astrochemistry, and has taught physics, maths and astronomy for almost ten years. Her biggest passions are quantum physics and astrobiology. https://twitter.com/Rad_T
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.