Modules presented by this department are
available to residential students only.
Physics is derived from the Greek, Phusike
Episteme, which means, "a knowledge of nature". Physical systems are
modelled by definitions and laws of nature. These equations are manipulated
mathematically to predict the characteristics of the system under
Some of the topics covered from the first
to the third year include: mechanics, thermodynamics, optics, waves,
electricity, magnetism, alternating current theory, electromagnetism,
electronics, modern physics, statistical physics and nuclear physics.
Work includes both theory and practical
laboratory work. First year students compile a poster that is displayed as part
of a poster competition. The poster topic can be anything from science,
engineering or technology and the poster must demonstrate that the student has
the ability to do first year physics. The poster project provides the
opportunity for the student to be academically involved in something of own
personal interest – a play whilst work concept.
After completing the B.Mil. degree, post
graduate studies can be undertaken in collaboration with the main campus of the
University of Stellenbosch. At a post graduate level, the department is
involved with JINR, the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Russia. In
2010, two masters degree students and one honours degree student undertook
studies in the department.