What is Physics? - Definition, Branches, Fundamentals & Topics


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The word physics has its orgins in the Greek word 'phusika', meaning what?

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1. Which branch of physics focuses on the study of the universe as a whole and how it has evolved since its creation?

2. Which fundamental topic in physics is the foundation upon which all physics is based?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet will help you gauge your understanding of the fundamentals of physics. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include the Greek origin of physics as well as the study of the universe as a whole.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review:

  • The Greek term phusika
  • The study of the universe
  • The foundation of physics
  • Special relativity and general relativity
  • Quantum mechanics

Skills Practiced

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

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about physics fundamentals
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related physics fundamentals lesson
  • Interpreting information - verify you can read information regarding studies in physics and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

To learn more about the various studies in the area of physics, review the corresponding lesson on Physics Fundamentals. This lesson will help you:

  • Define physics
  • Appreciate the various branches of physics and their characteristics
  • Identify the core fundamental topics involved in physics
  • Differentiate classical mechanics differs from quantum mechanics
  • Describe the fundamental forces of nature