Available in 2021
Course code



10 units



Course handbook


Physics 1 prepares students for undergraduate study by developing an introductory understanding of physics and its fundamental principles. The depth and extent of the course is similar to HSC Physics. The course covers the basic concepts of mechanics, forces, energy and waves.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2021
  • Semester 1 - 2021

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Identify, describe and explain the fundamental principles of physics.

2. Solve problems and apply 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 1 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, the work-energy theorem and forms of energy.
  8. Laws of conservation of energy.
  9. Circular motion and the law of gravity.


You cannot enrol in this course if you have successfully completed or are enrolled in EPPHYS308.

Assessment items

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Tutorial Preparation Sheets

Written Assignment: In-class Assignments

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Laboratory Report

Formal Examination: Final Examination

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Term Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

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