Advanced Physics I


Physics underpins most aspects of modern engineering, technology, and medicine; developments in physics often drive social change. Knowledge of physics is therefore vital to understanding the world around us. Physics is needed to make new materials, monitor our environment, put satellites into orbit, harness energy, determine the strength of structures, take scans of the human body, develop faster computers, etc. The course is calculus based and covers topics from mechanics and kinematics, wave mechanics, nuclear physics, particle physics, cosmology, and thermal physics.



  • Semester 1 - 2016

UoN Singapore

  • Trimester 3 - 2016 (Singapore)

Learning Outcomes

1. To enable students to acquire knowledge of the basic principles of physics

2. To teach students how to apply their knowledge of physics to practical everyday situations

3. To assist students to develop their analytic and problem solving skills

4. To enhance student's laboratory and computing skills

5. To develop student's written and communication skills


A calculus based physics course aimed at students who have completed HSC Physics and Mathematics.

Mechanics and Kinematics - Motion in one and two dimensions, Circular Motion, Newton's Laws of Motion, Work and Energy, Momentum and Collisions, rotational mechanics.

Wave Mechanics - Oscillators, Simple Harmonic Motion, Damping and Resonance, Introduction to Acoustics

Nuclear Physics - Nuclear Structure and Properties, Binding Energy and Nuclear Forces, Radioactive Decay, Nuclear Reactions, Nuclear Fission and Fusion, Radiation Damage and Dosimetry

Particle Physics and Cosmology - Fundamental Forces, Antiparticles, Feynman Diagrams, Classifying Particles, Conservation Laws, Strange Particles and Strangeness, Models for Quarks, Big-bang, Expansion of Universe, Hubble Constant, Dark Matter, Microwave Background, Latest Models.

Thermal - Heat, Internal Energy, Specific Heat, Heat Transfer, Second Low, Entropy, Heat Processes.


This course has similarities to PHYS1150, PHYS1200, or PHYS1205. If you have successfully completed any of these courses you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed Knowledge

2 Unit Mathematics with a result in Bands 5 or 6 and Physics

Assessment Items

Quiz: Class Quizzes

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Laboratory Reports

Quiz: Online Quizzes

Formal Examination: Final Examination

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Laboratory: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions. - In order to participate in this course students must complete a compulsory safety induction.

Contact Hours

Callaghan and UoN Singapore


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 8 Weeks

An additional one hour introductory lab session


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term