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.
Availability2020 Course Timetables
- Semester 2 - 2020
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.
- Classical Mechanics: motion; force and torque; energy and momentum.
- Electricity: electric fields; electric potential and capacitance; current and resistance; DC circuits.
- 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.
Formal Examination: Final Examination
Quiz: Quiz - Class
Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Laboratory Exercises
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.
Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 5 Weeks
First lab is held in both a Physics and Biomechanics lab
Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 6 Weeks