Introductory Physics for the Life Sciences

Course code PHYS1200Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Physics underpins most aspects of modern technology and medicine. Two examples include the development of electromagnetic wave theory, which led to electric power, radio and television; and atomic physics, which resulted in electronics, microchips and computers, nuclear medicine and radiation treatment of cancers. This course provides an overview of topics in physics that are of particular importance to the life and medical sciences. The course is non-calculus based and covers mechanics (units, motion, biomechanics, energy), electricity and magnetism, heat, nuclear physics, fluids, and waves.

Not to count with PHYS1150, PHYS1205 or PHYS1210

In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory Workplace Health and Safety requirement. Students will receive full information on this compulsory course component in the course outline provided by the school.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

1. demonstrate their understanding of the basic principles and concepts underlying a broad range of fundamental areas of physics
2. apply their knowledge of physics to everyday situations
3. demonstrate analytic and problem solving skills
4. demonstrate their knowledge of physics in a laboratory environment
5. communicate their scientific knowledge logically and effectively
ContentA non-calculus based course aimed at providing students with a basic understanding of the main principles and concepts in the following areas:

*Basic Mechanics - Units of measurement and Unit conversions. Concentrations and Volumes. Laws of Motion. Mechanical equilibrium and biomechanics. Rotational Dynamics. Work & Energy. Human energy use and efficiency.

*Electricity - Electric charges, forces and fields. Voltage: cell membranes and Separation of DNA. Capacitance. Electric current and electrical power. Electric Circuits.

Magnetism. Forces on electric charge and current in magnetic fields, Transformers. Applications to Life Sciences. Nuclear Magnetic Resonance

*Thermal Physics - Temperature. Thermal Expansion. Ideal Gas Law. Heat, Specific Heat. Calorimetry, Human activity and Heat. Heat Transfer.

*Nuclear Physics - Nuclear Structure, Radioactivity, Radiocarbon dating, Biology and ionising radiation. Isotopes and DNA.

*Fluid Mechanics - Density, Pressure and Viscosity. Archimedes Principle. Flow rate and Diffusion. Equation of Continuity. Bernoulli's Principle. Laminar and Turbulant Flow. Poiseuille's Equation. Surface Tension.

*Waves - SHM and Resonance. Types of Wave Motion. Reflection, Transmission, Superposition and Interference. EM Spectrum, Optical Instruments. Fluorescence and biology.
Replacing Course(s)N/A
TransitionBachelor of Medical Radiation Science students who defered their commencement or who failed PHYS1200 will take the replacement MRS course, MRSC1010.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeHSC Mathematics with a result in Bands 5 or 6, or a pass in MATH1002 or equivalent.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsProblem Based Learning
Assessment Items
Examination: Formal
Laboratory Exercises
Quiz - Class
Contact HoursLaboratory: for 3 hour(s) per Week for 6 weeks
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Course ComponentWHS-Safety Induction or Risk Assessment. Compulsory Course Component: In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory safety induction.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for PHYS1200