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.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2018

Learning outcomes

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

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:

  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 and momentum; the work-energy theorem and forms of energy.
  8. Laws of conservation of energy and conservation of momentum: elastic and inelastic collisions.
  9. Circular motion and the law of gravity.
  10. Vibrations and wave motion, types of waves: introduction to sound.


This course is only available to students who are active in the Open Foundation Program or the Yapug Program.

Assessment items

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Tutorial Preparation Sheets

Written Assignment: In-class Assignments

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Laboratory Report

In Term Test: Mid-Semester Examination

Formal Examination: Final Examination

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 3 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 11 Weeks