The Department of Sciences and Mathematics provides courses in fundamental sciences and mathematics to students of Foundation Program of Engineering of the College of Foundation and General Studies. The outline of these courses in mathematics, physics and chemistry are designed to ensure that the students are well equipped with strong essential knowledge of sciences and mathematics before they can proceed to their respective Engineering degree programmes. Currently, the department offers 3 mathematics, 5 physics and 3 chemistry courses.
Students pursuing the engineering programmes are required to take math courses such as Introduction to Calculus and Analytic Geometry, Calculus and Analytic Geometry I, and Calculus and Analytic Geometry II during the foundation year. For physics courses, the students will study mechanics, fluid mechanics and wave oscillations in Physics I, electricity and electromagnetism in Physics II, and thermodynamics, waves, optics and modern physics in Physics III. In addition, students will also be exposed to computer data acquisition in physics laboratory courses. All the engineering foundation students are also required to take Chemistry I and Chemistry II courses, in addition to one chemistry laboratory course.
The department has three physics and two chemistry laboratories. All the laboratories are air-conditioned and well-equipped with the state-of-the-art equipment. Laboratory classes are conducted either by lecturers themselves or tutors who are closely supervised by the lecturers. The department currently has 15 experienced teaching staff with Bachelors and Masters level qualification in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry conducting the courses at the Foundation level program.
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