The aim of this module is to introduce important conventions and ideas that permeate the fabric of physics. Understanding of physical quantites, S.I. units, scalars and vectors helps physicists to effectively communicate their ideas within the scientific community.
We will be focussing on the following areas:
Physical Quantities and Units
This section provides knowledge and understanding of physical quantities and units.
Making Measurements and Analysing Data
This section provides knowledge and understanding of physical measurements and treatment of errors and uncertainties.
Nature of Quantities
This section provides knowledge and understanding of scalars and vectors quantities. Vector quantities add and subtract very differently to scalar quantities; hence it is important to know whether a quantity is a vector or a scalar.