What is Physics? - Definition, History & Branches


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Which best describes the field of physics?

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1. Physics-wise, what was significant about the 16th and 17th centuries?

2. The branch of physics known as Mechanics deals with what?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet will help you gauge your understanding of physics' history and branches. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include understanding the best description of the field of physics as well as knowing the significance of the 16th and 17th centuries for physics.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review:

  • Best description for the field of physics
  • 16th and 17th century accomplishments
  • Characteristics of mechanical physics
  • Branches of physics
  • Definition of a scientific law

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will let you practice the following skills:

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about physics
  • Interpreting information - verify you can read information regarding the history and branches of physics and interpret it correctly
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases and terms, such as field of physics and scientific law

Additional Learning

To learn more about the world of physics, review the corresponding lesson What is Physics? - Definition, History & Branches. This lesson will help you:

  • Define what the field of physics is
  • Appreciate the Greek origins of physics
  • Identify the important role scientific laws bring to physics
  • Know the roles of the ancient Greeks and contributors to the Scientific Revolution for modern physics
  • Describe the characteristics of each of the major disciplines in physics