Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria 100 Level (1st Year) Physics Course Content and Structure to guide Abu Zaria Students, Aspirants, Jamb Candidates and the General Public.
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Abu Zaria 100 Level First Semester Physics Courses
Course Code | Course Title | Credit Unit | Status |
PHYS 111 | Mechanics 1 | 2 | Core |
PHYS131 | Heat and Properties of Matter | 2 | Core |
PHYS161 | General Physics Practical I | 1 | Core |
MATH101 | Sets and Number Systems | 2 | Core |
MATH 103 | Trigonometry and Coordinate Geometry | 2 | Core |
MATH 105 | Differential and Integral Calculus | 2 | Core |
COSC 101 | Introduction to Computer and Programming in Basic | 2 | Core |
GENS 101 | Nationalism | I | Cognate |
GENS 103 | English and Communication Skills | 2 | Cognate |
CHEM 101 | Introductory General Chemistry | 2 | Cognate |
CHEM 121 | Introductory Inorganic Chemistry | 2 | Res.Elective |
CHEM 161 | Introductory Practical Chemistry | 1 | Res. Elective |
GEOL 101 | Physical Geology | 2 | Res.Elective |
GEOL 103 | Introduction to Paleontology and Stratigraphy | 2 | Res.Elective |
BIOL111 | General Genetics | 2 | Res.Elective |
Abu Zaria 100 Level Second Semester Physics Courses
Course Code | Course Title | Credit Unit | Status |
PHYS 122 | Electricity. Magnetism and Modem Physics | 2 | Core |
PIIYS 124 | Geometric and Wave Optics | 1 | Core |
PHYS 162 | General Physics Practical 11 | 1 | Core |
MATH 102 | Algebra | 2 | Core |
MATH 104 | Conic Sections and Application of Calculus | 2 | Core |
MATH 106 | Vectors and Dynamics | 2 | Core |
STAT 102 | Intro Statistics 11 | 2 | Core |
GENS 102 | Environmental Health | 1 | Cognate |
CHEM 112 | Intro Physical Chemistry | 2 | Core |
CHEM 132 | Intro Organic Chemistry | 2 | Res.Eleptive |
CHEM 162 | Intro Practical Chemistry 11 | 1 | Res.Elective |
GEOL 102 | Introductory Mineralogy and | 2 | Res.Elective |
B1OL 112 | Petrology Introductory Ecology | 2 | Res.Elective |
NOTE:
At 100 level students are expected to take a minimum of 4 credit units of restricted elective courses during the session. Res. Elective implies Restricted Elective.
This is an optional course offered by OTHER departments within the student’s Faculty. Unrestricted Elective: This is an optional course offered by departments OUTSIDE the student’s Faculty.
Abu Zaria Physics Department Course Content
PHYS 111: Mechanics (2 credit units)
Units and dimensions; Dimension methods for checking the correctness of equations and for deriving simple relations. Additions and subtraction of vectors, projectiles, Newton laws, conservation laws. Elastic collisions, work, energy and power. Circular motion, simple harmonic motion, Motion of rigid bodies, statics Gravitation, Gravitational potential. Circular orbit, escape velocity.
PHYS 131: Heat and Properties of Matter (2 credit units)
Structure of Solids, liquids and gases. Kinetic theory of gasses, Elasticity, surface tension solid friction. Fluid in motion, Bernoulli’s law, Aerofoil; thermodynamics; Thermal expansion. Heat transfer. EM radiation Prevost’s theory of heat exchange. Thermal radiation detectors; Optical pyrometer.
PHYS 122: Electricity, Magnetism and Modern Physics (2 credit units)
Electric force; Field and Potential; Electric flux and Gauss’s Theorem; Capacitance; Current Electricity, Magnetic force-. Magnetic effects of currents; Magnetic materials; Electromagnetic induction; Alternating currents; Planck’s constant and quanta of light energy; photoelectric effect Radioactivity Nuclear composition; Binding energy nuclear fission and fusion. Thermionic emission, rectification by diodes, the transistors.
PHYS 124: Geometric and Wave Optics (1 credit unit)
Reflection; refractive index; Snell’s law; measurement of refractive index; total internal reflection; air cell. Refraction through a prism; minimum deviation; Lens formula. Lenses in contact, Newton’s formula. Spherical and Chromatic aberrations; the power of lenses; Dispersive powers. Classification of spectra; Optical instruments. Interference phenomenon Newton rings, Polarization Malu’s law; Polaroids.
PHYS 161/162: General Physics Practical I & II (1 credit unit each)
The introductory course emphasizes quantitative measurements, treatment of measurement errors and graphical analysis. A variety of experimental techniques will be employed. Simple experiments in mechanics, properties of matter, heat, light and electricity are emphasized, which are relevant to the courses PHYS111, 131, 122 and 124.
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