2023-2024 / PHYS0511-4

Physical and mathematical bases for motor sciences


50h Th, 20h Pr, 20h REM

Number of credits

 Bachelor in physiotherapy and rehabilitation8 crédits 
 Bachelor in motor sciences8 crédits 


Laurent Dreesen

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The experimental physics course consists of the following main parts: mechanics, fluidics and electricity. Oral teaching will be systematically completed with experimental demonstrations.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

Physics describes the real world. Each topic will be dealt with through concrete observation and experimentation so as to lead students to the theoretical study of specific concepts and notions without ever emphasizing details. We shall focus on fundamental theoretical notions within the students. field of interest while providing them with the necessary prerequisite knowledge considering 2nd-year requirements. Whenever possible, the theoretical notions from the different parts of the course will be illustrated with practical applications related to relevant practical courses.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

The course requires good knowledge of secondary education-level mathematics. We advise the students to attend remedial mathematics classes, which will be organized to refresh basic knowledge and bridge the gap between secondary education and bac courses.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

- Exercises sessions are organized in order to illustrate the theoritical courses. To get benefit from these ones, the students are strongly encouraged to read the related theoretical notions before each session.
- Relevant mathematical concepts will be learnt during specific sessions.
- Specific sessions will be devoted to the laws of movement.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Blended learning

Additional information:

- The face-to-face theoretical course (50 h) will be taught in the first term. 

- 11 x 2 h of face-to-face exercices are planned

- Optional remedial sessions are included in the timetable.

- Remedial formative assessment workshops will be organized in the second term for students who failed the test in January. 

Recommended or required readings

Reference book: Physique expérimentale (Experimental Physics) J. KANE & M. STERHEIM, Physique, Dunod, Paris, by P. Ghosez, M. Hoebeke, G. Llabrès.  Students are recommended to buy the book as it is used for both theoretical classes and practical sessions. It is available at Presses Universitaires de Liège (Sart-Tilman).
- PDF copies of course slides
- Exercise notes Downloadable syllabus on eCampus web site.
- Mathematics notes  Downloadable syllabus on eCampus web site.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( multiple-choice questionnaire, open-ended questions )

Additional information:

- Theory will be evaluated using MCQ and/or true/false and/or open questions.
- Practice will be evaluated using open questions (exercices)
- Final quotation = 60% theory +40% exercices 

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

Any absence in an interrogation or in an exam must be justified by medical certificate or official certificate of exceptional circumstances (a letter of the parents is not an official document) put back to the course or sent by mail to the secretariat of the professor. Name, first name and dates of absences will clearly be indicated on the back of the certificate in block capitals.


Prof. Laurent DREESEN Institut de Physique B5a, local 1.5 Phone: 04/3663036 ; email : Laurent.Dreesen@uliege.be
Secretary : C. Renson Institut de Physique B5, local 1.45 email : christine.renson@uliege.be
Logistics : C. Prosperi Institut de Physique B5a, local 1.44 email : christelle.prosperi@uliege.be

Association of one or more MOOCs

The MOOC entitled 'Physique- Mécanique : bien entamer l'enseignement supérieur (S2)' is associated with this course.

Additional information:

In addition to the remediation organised within the course, the Physics MOOC, developed at ULiège and dealing with mechanics, could constitute an interesting additional resource for students who have difficulties with this subject. 

The MOOC is available throughout the academic year free of charge. However, it is necessary to register on the FUN platform in order to access it.

Link: https://www.fun-mooc.fr/fr/cours/physique-mecanique-bien-entamer-lenseignement-superieur/