Physics 1

Course code EPPHYS152Units 10English Language & Foundation Studies Centre

EPPHYS152 Physics prepares students for the commencement of undergraduate study and requires a sound knowledge of fundamental principles of physics. The depth and extent of the course is similar to the HSC Physics course. It covers the basic concepts of mechanics, forces, energy and waves.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesThe course will:
1. Provide a sound knowledge of the fundamentals of physics.
2. Develop problem solving and research skills essential for undergraduate study.
3. Illustrate the principles of physics with little mathematics.
4. Enhance problem solving and logical processes within a mathematical framework.
ContentPhysics I will cover:
1. The definition of Physics and its relation to other sciences.
2. The definition of fundamental quantities and scientific notation.
3. Basic mathematical concepts and skills used in physics.
4. Scalar and vector quantities and basic vector algebra.
5. Motion in one and two dimensions and the equations of kinematics.
6. The study of dynamics using Newton's laws.
7. Concepts of force, mass, work and momentum; the work-energy theorem and forms of energy.
8. Laws of conservation of energy and conservation of momentum: elastic and inelastic collisions.
9. Circular motion and the law of gravity.
10. Vibrations and wave motion: types of waves, Simple Harmonic motion and its relationship to circular motion.
11. Introduction to sound and the Doppler effect.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeMathematical techniques equivalent to Year 10 School Certificate
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsProblem Based Learning
Assessment Items
Examination: ClassMid-Semester Examination, 18% Checks the student's ability for problem solving and demonstrates understanding of the concepts under examination conditions.
Essays / Written Assignments6 Short Answer Assignments, 32%:
Enhances the problem solving ability of students. Integrates theoretical concepts introduced in lectures, and their applications to real world phenomena.
Examination: FormalFinal Examination, in the University Examination period, 50% Checks the student's ability to solve problems and integrate various key concepts.
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 11 weeks
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for EPPHYS152