Available in 2021
Course code



10 units



Course handbook


Prepares students for the commencement of undergraduate study and requires a sound knowledge of fundamental principles of physics. The depth and extent of the subject is similar to the HSC Physics course. It covers the basic concepts of electrostatics, magnetism, simple circuits and some modern physics.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2021
  • Semester 2 - 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. Identify and explain physical phenomena at an extended level from Physics 1 EPPHYS152.

3. Solve problems and apply research skills essential for undergraduate study.

4. Illustrates the principles of physics with little mathematics.

5. Enhances problem solving and logical processes within a mathematical framework.


Physics 2 will cover:

  1. Experimental Methods
  2. Charge, Electrostatics and Coulomb's Law
  3. Electric potential, fields and energy
  4. Simple Resistor and capacitor circuits
  5. Kirchoff's Rules for circuit analysis
  6. Magnets and magnetic forces
  7. Basic electromagnetism
  8. The structure of the atom and its nucleus
  9. Nuclear half life, nuclear decay and nuclear stability
  10. Nuclear Fusion and Fission
  11. Radiation dose and its biological effects.


To enrol in this course students must be enrolled or have successfully completed EPPHYS152. You cannot enrol in this course if you have successfully completed or are enrolled in EPPHYS308.

Assessment items

Online Learning Activity: Five online assignments

In Term Test: Mid-Semester Exam

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Tutorial Preparation Sets

Report: 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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