Physics has an undeserving reputation, among life scientists, as being a difficult subject. Physics is a logical and deductive science where each discussion builds upon earlier discussions. Each new concept or derivation is not implicitly difficult, but it is crucial that the student not get behind in the work. This is the reason for weekly problem sets, quizzes and frequent tests.

The laws of nature are best expressed in the form of mathematical equations, thus any serious study of physics requires a minimum level of mathematics. The discussion of electromagnetism and quantum physics requires use of vectors and basic elements of both differential and integral calculus. This will include simple differential equations, and line, surface and volume integrals. Efforts will be made to minimize the mathematics. For example, a list of required integrals will be provided on tests.