2017-2018 / PHYS3028-1

Elements of physics II : mechanics


15h Th, 20h Pr, 10h Labo.

Number of credits

 Bachelor in computer science4 crédits 


Matthieu Verstraete

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

This course aims to give students an understanding of the fundamental laws which govern the physical phenomena which surround us, and to understand the laws of electromagnetism, which describe the behavior of matter and systems (in particular in electronics) which computer scientists will use in their future studies.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

One central outcome is to learn to model processes in a mathematical, algorithmic, and efficient manner.
The second step is to solve problems by reasoning either in a

  • reductionnist (e.g. division of a system into components and integration of the equations of motion) or
  • global fashion (using conservation laws, e.g. of energy).
A third learning outcome is the conceptual preparation for physical electronics and other optional courses later in the informatics curriculum.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Basic mathematics, including trigonometry, vectors, projections and geometry... Refreshers are organized during classes.
The only prerequisite course module is mechanics PHYS3027.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

20 hours of practical sessions divided between:

  • 8 sessions of lab work on electromagnetism
  • 4 sessions of problem questions on mechanics and electromagnetism
At the end of each semester, a question and answer session is held, in view of preparing for exams.
Timetables are established at the beginning of each year.

Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning)

All courses and problem sessions are in face-to-face format.
Information concerning the organization of the lectures and practical sessions will be communicated through myUlg and the web site of the Faculty of Applied Sciences.

Recommended or required readings

All slides for ex cathedra classes are on MyULg
Reference textbook: Kane&Sternheim Physique (1986) Dunod ed. ISBN 2 10 007169 6
French translation by Ph. Ghosez, M. Hoebeke, et G. Llabres
Other references: * Physics Eugene Hecht
ISBN-10: 2744500186
* University Physics, Harris Benson ISBN-10: 0471006890
* Fundamentals of Physics, Halliday & Resnick ISBN-10: 0470469110

Assessment methods and criteria

June: A written examination on electromagnetism with:

  • open questions
  • exercises
An exam on lab work, covering the labs studied during the semester
The final grade is a weighted average of the written exam in Electromagnetism (80%) and the lab exam (20%)
September: idem

Work placement(s)

Organizational remarks


Prof. Matthieu Verstraete Universite de Liège Institut de Physique, Bat. B5, 3/7 Allée du 6 aout, 17 B- 4000 Sart Tilman, Liège Belgium
Phone : +32 4 366 90 17 Fax : +32 4 366 36 29 Mail : matthieu.verstraete@ulg.ac.be
Teaching assistant: Antoine Dewandre Tel : +32 4 366 3636 Mail: antoine.dewandre@student.ulg.ac.be

Items online

PHYS3028 Lab work notebooks BAC1 INFO
Lab work (TP) notebooks and user manuals for labs done in BAC1 of computer science, for the physics II course on Electromagnetism

Come to the first lab with your own notes printed out, and with 5 euros cash to contribute to running costs in materials (resistances and capacities, fuses etc...)

PHYS3028 slides for chapters 16-20 on Electromagnetism
Powerpoint slides for course chapters on Electrostatics, Electrodynamics, Magnetism, Induced and AC currents, and an additional chapter (not in Kane and Sternheim) on semiconductors.