The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


Physics underpins our understanding of physical phenomena in the natural world and the technologies we use every day. This course provides an introduction to the basic knowledge and techniques used in physics and needed to analyse physical problems in the research and development environment. It provides an introduction to the physics of motion, the properties of fluids, electrical devices and heat transfer.

The course is designed specifically to cater to the needs of students in science-based courses at the Ourimbah Campus. Students in a range of disciplines at Ourimbah including Exercise and Sport Science, Food Technology and Marine Biology will find this course useful. There is an emphasis on practical applications of physics so that at the end of the course students should be able recognise and develop solutions to problems in their area of specialisation that relate to basic physics.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2020.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Explain basic concepts in physics relevant to the professional practice of science.

2. Describe how and why scientists use physics to solve problems.

3. Solve qualitative and quantitative problems using basic mathematics and principles of physics.

4. Perform experiments using scientific equipment and interpret the results in terms of the basic concepts in physics.

5. Contribute to team and group work for scientific investigations and for the process of learning.


The courses consists of 3 parts.

  1. Classical Mechanics: motion; force and torque; energy and momentum.
  2. Electricity: electric fields; electric potential and capacitance; current and resistance; DC circuits.
  3. Properties of Matter: mechanical properties of solids; density and pressure in liquids; fluid flow; temperature and heat transfer.


This course has similarities to PHYS1200, PHYS1210, or PHYS1205. If you have successfully completed any of these courses you cannot enrol in this course.

Assessment items

Formal Examination: Final Examination

Quiz: Quiz - Class

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Laboratory Exercises

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.