2023-2024 / PHYS0985-1

General physics I


45h Th, 40h Pr

Number of credits

 Bachelor in ancient and modern languages and literatures5 crédits 
 Bachelor in ancient languages and literatures : classics5 crédits 
 Bachelor in information and communication5 crédits 
 Bachelor in modern languages and literatures : German, Dutch and English5 crédits 
 Bachelor in history of art and archaeology : general5 crédits 
 Bachelor in history5 crédits 
 Bachelor in modern languages and literatures : general5 crédits 
 Bachelor in history of art and archaeology : musicology5 crédits 
 Bachelor in ancient languages and literatures : Oriental studies (Registrations are closed)5 crédits 
 Bachelor in philosophy5 crédits 
 Bachelor in French and Romance languages and literatures : general5 crédits 
 Bachelor in biology8 crédits 
 Bachelor in geography : general8 crédits 
 Bachelor in geology8 crédits 


Philippe Ghosez

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The course will include five parts, grouped in two partims . PARTIM A - Part 1 : Mechanics: generic laws of motion (cinematics, dynamics, statics). Part 2 : Complements of mechanics (laws of conservation, elasticity, vibrations). Part 3 : waves. PARTIM B - Part 4 : heat and thermodynamics. Part 5 : mechanics of fluids.  

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

The goal of the course is to learn some new fundamental concepts, related to different Physics fields (mechanics of point , mechanics of solids, mechanics of fluids, thermodynamics) and that are relevant for students in Biology, Geology and Geography. The emphasis is placed on an active knowledge and the resolution of exercices.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Basics in mathematics and physics at the level of high-school.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course includes 45 h. of theory (23 x 2h), 28 h. of exercices ( 14 x 2h) and 12 h. of laboratories (4 x 3h). Free tutorials will also be proposed. 

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

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

Everything is organized on-site.

Recommended or required readings

Mandatory support : book Physique of Joseph Kane & Morton Sternheim, 4th edition revised by Philippe Ghosez, Marise Hoebeke and Gabriel Llabrès (Dunod, Paris 2018). ISBN 978-2-10-076175-3.

Additional supports : slides from the course as well as podcasts (theory and exercices) are available on-line.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( open-ended questions )

- Remote

written exam ( open-ended questions )

Additional information:

The exam will include two independent writing tests with open-eneded questions. The first test will concern PARTIM A : theory  and exercices. The second test will concern PARTIM B: theory, exercices and the laboratories.

(student from the Faculty of  Philosophie et Lettres who are registered to PARTIM A only are concerned with the first test only)

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

For practical reasons, the course is organized in two partims :

PARTIM A [Th. : 30h; TD : 20h] - Part 1 : mechanics : laws of motion; Part 2 : complement of mechanics; Part 3: waves.

PARTIM B [Th.:15h; TD: 8h; TP: 12h] - Part 4 : heat and thermodynamics; Part 5 : fluids; laboratories on the whole course.

Students from the Faculty of Philosophie et Lettres for whom the course is counted "5 credits" only follow PARTIM A.   


Academic in charge :

Pr. Philippe GHOSEZ
Institut de Physique B5a (4/56)
Tél.: 04/366.36.11
E-mail : Philippe.Ghosez@uliege.be 

Exercices :

Dr. François DAMANET 
E-mail : fdamanet@uliege.be 


M. Jonathan VENTAT 
E-mail : jventat@uliege.be 

Administrative secretary:

Institut de Physique B5a (1e étage)
Tél.: 04/366.90.74
E-mail : a.ortega@uliege.be

Association of one or more MOOCs

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

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