2023-2024 / PHYS1985-1

General physics I


40h Th, 40h Pr

Number of credits

 Bachelor in chemistry7 crédits 
 Bachelor in mathematics7 crédits 
 Bachelor in physics8 crédits 


John Martin, Nicolas Vandewalle


John Martin

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 general physics course is an introduction to the modeling of observable phenomena. The course material covers the key concepts of classical physics, especially classical mechanics.
Table of contents : 1. Physics and units 2. Motion in one dimension 3. Vectors and motion in three dimensions 4. The laws of motion 5. Circular motion and applications of Newton's laws 6. Work, kinetic energy and potential energy 7. Linear momentum and collisions 8. Rotation of a rigid object about a fixed axis 9. Angular momentum and torque 10. Static equilibrium 11. Fluids 12. Oscillatory motion 13 Wave motion 14. Sound waves 15. Superposition and standing waves 16. Universal gravitation

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

The primary goal is to introduce the students to the teaching and academic requirements while giving them a firm grounding in physics. Working and reflection methods proper to physics will be assimilated, while emphasizing their relevance to the study of other branches of science.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Lower-secondary and upper-secondary education in scientific disciplines and mathematics.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Four lab sessions illustrate the course material. A session with experimental demonstrations is planned. Exercise sessions are organized on a weekly basis.

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

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

Face-to-face course. Based on the health situation, online learning may become the rule. 

Recommended or required readings

A pdf version of the slides, notes and exercice sheets are available on myULiege (eCampus).

Reference book :
"Physics for Scientists and Engineers", R. A. Serway and J. W. Jewett, (Brooks Cole Edition, 2013) Ed. 9

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam

- Remote

written exam

Additional information:


Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

The teaching staff (professors, assistants, logisticians) undertake to answer students' questions during the course periods (15/09-20/12 and 06/02-12/05).
During the examination sessions and official holidays, the teaching staff does not respond to various requests as all useful information is available at the physics secretariat.


Teachers :

John Martin
tel. : 04/366 28 64 - email : jmartin@uliege.be

Nicolas Vandewalle
tel. : 04/366 37 03 - email : nvandewalle@uliege.be

Supervisor :

Christophe Becco
Institut de Physique, Bât. B5A, Sart Tilman
tel. : 04/366 35 80 - email : C.Becco@uliege.be

Teaching assistants :

Thomas Noblet
Institut de Physique, Bât. B5A, Sart Tilman
e-mail : T.Noblet@uliege.be

Colin Read
IPNAS, Bât B15, Sart Tilman
e-mail : Colin.Read@uliege.be

Secretary :

Christine Renson
Institut de Physique, Bât. B5A, Sart Tilman
tel. : 04/366 36 14 - email : Christine.Renson@uliege.be

Lab organization (groups, schedule) :

Christelle Prosperi
Institut de Physique, Bât. B5A, Sart Tilman
tel. : 04/366 36 63 - 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: MOOC Physique