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.
- Semester 1 - 2015
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.
Physics I will cover:
- The definition of Physics and its relation to other sciences.
- The definition of fundamental quantities and scientific notation.
- Basic mathematical concepts and skills used in physics.
- Scalar and vector quantities and basic vector algebra.
- Motion in one and two dimensions and the equations of kinematics.
- The study of dynamics using Newton's laws.
- Concepts of force, mass, work and momentum; the work-energy theorem and forms of energy.
- Laws of conservation of energy and conservation of momentum: elastic and inelastic collisions.
- Circular motion and the law of gravity.
- Vibrations and wave motion: types of waves, Simple Harmonic motion and its relationship to circular motion.
- Introduction to sound and the Doppler effect.
Written Assignment: Written Assignments
In Term Test: Mid-Semester Examination
Formal Examination: Final Examination
Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks
Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 11 Weeks