The Open University Physics

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The Open University Physics

The Open University Physics, This wide-ranging module teaches general physics with an emphasis both on the concepts and their basic numerical description, as well as their application. The module is presented in 25 units (plus a maths revision unit) that are delivered entirely via your computer – there are no printed books. It covers classical mechanics; electric and gravitational fields and potentials; electromagnetism and relativity; waves and optics; thermal and statistical physics; quantum physics and an introduction to its applications to solids, atoms and nuclei. Your problem-solving skills will be developed throughout the module and each unit is supported by animated diagrams, interactive graphs, online practical activities and audio/video clips.

Undergraduate courses in ‘Physics’

If you are looking for postgraduate courses, see our A to Z of courses.

Honours degrees

  1. BSc (Honours) Mathematics and Physics
  2. BSc (Honours) Natural Sciences (Physics)
  3. BSc (Honours) Natural Sciences
  4. BSc (Honours) Combined STEM
  5. BA/BSc (Honours) Open degree

Diplomas of Higher Education

  1. Diploma of Higher Education in Natural Sciences
  2. Diploma of Higher Education Open

Certificates of Higher Education

  1. Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences
  2. Certificate of Higher Education Open

Open University certificates

  1. Certificate in Physics


  1. Science, technology and maths Access module
  2. Physics and space
    Level 1
  3. Questions in science
    Level 1
  4. Science: concepts and practice
    Level 1
  5. Physics: from classical to quantum
    Level 2
  6. Practical science: physics and astronomy
    Level 2
  7. Science and society
    Level 2
  8. Environmental science
    Level 2
  9. Evaluating contemporary science
    Level 3
  10. Science project course: radiation and matter
    Level 3
  11. Electromagnetism
    Level 3
  12. Mathematical methods and fluid mechanics
    Level 3
  13. Science project course: science in society project
    Level 3
  14. The quantum world
    Level 3
  15. Science: nuclear energy
    Short Course