Introduction to Physics 

Physics is a study of the basic principles of the universe. It is the science of matter and energy and the interactions between the two. At one time physics was considered to be the study of the natural or material world and of natural phenomena.

Mathematics is a very important part of physics.  

Prerequisites for studying physics.

The physics student should have and inquisitive mind and a desire to understand why things work the way they do.  The student should have a good work ethic and be willing and able to devote a significant amount of time to the study of physics. The physics student must be fairly good in in basic math and in algebra.  A knowledge of trigonometry will be very helpful.  Desire and hard work are necessary to to become proficient in physics.  

If you do not want to spend a lot of time, much of it on your own, in the study of physics, do everyone, including yourself, a favor and do not take the class.

    Mechanics (Effects of forces on material objects)
        Sometimes called Classical or Newtonian mechanics

    Thermodynamics (Heat, temperature, and interaction of many particles)

    Electromagnetism (Charges, currents, and electromagnetic fields)

    Relativity (Theory for particles moving at any speed)

    Quantum Mechanics (Particle behavior at submicroscopic level and macroscopic world)

The Greeks tried to study mechanics with some success.

Early researchers included:

    Copernicus

    Brahe

    Kepler

    Galileo

    Sevin

    Hooke

    Newton