Physics Online Course

Physics Online Course
Full Fee $595.00 incl GST - Best Value!
Payment Plan $800.00 incl GST
Exam Optional
Tutor Support Yes unlimited by email
Qualification Certificate

Develop a foundation to applying theoretical physics in any world situations, from engineering and environmental management to rural industries and health sciences.

Examining objects in motion and understanding the concepts of displacement, velocity, speed and acceleration is a great way to understand how physics work.

This course guides you through a journey of discovery, through reading, observing things, interacting with knowledgeable and experienced academics and discovering new ways of looking at the physical world around you.

Detailed Course Outline


There are 10 lessons in this course:

Review of Basic Algebra

  • Introduction
  • Equations and formula
  • Variables
  • Quadratic equations
  • Graphing
  • Geometry
  • Triangles
  • Basic formulae
  • Quadrilaterals
  • Angles and radian
  • Logarithms and exponential
  • Trigonometry

Introduction: Scope and Nature of Physics

  • Observing, measuring, modeling, predicting
  • Units of measurement
  • Converting between units
  • Precision of measurements and identifying significant digits

Forces and Mechanics

  • Physics and motion
  • Displacement
  • Speed and velocity
  • Acceleration
  • Force
  • Force of gravity
  • Work
  • Power
  • Energy


  • What are waves
  • Properties of waves: longitudinal waves, transverse waves
  • Wave terminology
  • Relationship of frequency or period
  • Wave speed
  • Electromagnetic radiation and waves
  • Sound waves
  • Sound spectrum
  • Measuring sound
  • Speed of sound
  • Doppler effect
  • Standing waves and resonance

Electricity and Magnetism

  • Electrostatics
  • Conductors and insulators
  • How to make an electroscope
  • Coulomb’s law
  • The electric field
  • Electricity and electric circuits
  • Current
  • Voltage
  • Resistance
  • Power
  • Ohm’s law
  • Circuits: series, parallel
  • Magnets
  • Magnetic forces
  • Ferromagnetism
  • Creating magnets
  • Earth’s magnetic field
  • Geomagnetic reversal
  • Electromagnetism
  • Electromagnetism and solenoids
  • Electric motors
  • Magnetic force
  • Right hand rule
  • Inductors
  • Lenz’s law

Energy and Work

  • What is energy
  • Mechanical energy
  • Potential energy
  • Kinetic energy
  • Conservation of total energy and mechanical energy
  • Converting kinetic energy into potential energy
  • Work and force
  • Conservative and non conservative forces
  • Conservation of mass energy

Fundamentals of Thermodynamics

  • Temperature measurement units
  • Fahrenheit
  • Celsius
  • Kelvin
  • Converting between units
  • What is heat
  • Heat transfers: thermal equilibrium
  • Thermal expansion and thermal contraction

Light and Optics

  • What is light
  • Reflection
  • Refraction
  • Demonstration of refraction
  • Index of refraction
  • Diffraction
  • The electromagnetic spectrum
  • How a rainbow forms
  • What are mirrors
  • Flat mirrors
  • Convex mirrors
  • Concave mirrors
  • Lenses
  • Converging lenses
  • Diverging lenses

Nuclear Physics and Radioactivity

  • Structure of matter
  • The periodic table
  • What is radioactivity
  • Alpha radiation
  • Beta radiation
  • Gamma radiation
  • Radioactivity applications
  • Nuclear medicine -diagnostic and therapy
  • Radioactive tracers in agriculture
  • Food irradiation
  • Archaeological and geological dating
  • Radiocarbon dating
  • Half life
  • Power generation
  • Radiation effects and injuries
  • Cancer and burns caused by radiation

Astronomy, Cosmology and Astrophysics

  • What is astronomy
  • The pioneers of astronomy
  • The branches of astronomy
  • Sub fields of astronomy
  • Astronomy in our daily life
  • The most important discoveries in astronomy
  • What is Cosmology
  • How did cosmology evolve
  • Hubbles law
  • Cosmological principle
  • Calculate the age of the universe using the Hubble constant
  • What is astrophysics

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    Some subjects such as biochemistry are an integral part of many sciences including animal (veterinary science), human health science and many parts of environmental science.  We have many experienced tutors who are qualified to teach introductory biochemistry.  Depending upon your particular interest in biochemistry we will assign a tutor in the appropriate field at enrollment.

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