Introductory Physics for the Life Sciences
Available in 2012
|Callaghan Campus||Semester 1|
Previously offered in 2013, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
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.
On 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
A 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.
Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science students who defered their commencement or who failed PHYS1200 will take the replacement MRS course, MRSC1010.
HSC Mathematics with a result in Bands 5 or 6, or a pass in MATH1002 or equivalent.
Modes of Delivery
Problem Based Learning
Laboratory: 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