The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


For Engineers, knowledge of Physics is essential to understand and transform the world around us. This course is designed for students in selected Engineering programs with no or little physics background. It focuses on illustrating and developing an understanding of the interplay between mathematics and physics in engineering. The course examines some of the core topics in physics essential for further studies in engineering such as Mechanics, Vibrations & Waves, Electricity & Magnetism, Fluids and Optics. It also includes a special unit on mathematical/computational modelling in physics.



  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Apply the acquired knowledge of the basic principles of physics and mathematics to practical situations

2. Demonstrate their analytic and problem solving skills

3. Demonstrate their laboratory and computing skills

4. Demonstrate written and/or communication skills


Topics will include:

  • Mathematical Methods in Physics-Vectors
  • Mechanics & Kinematics
  • Wave Mechanics
  • Fluids
  • Optics


This course has similarities to PHYS1150 or PHYS1200. If you have successfully completed any of these courses you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

2 unit mathematics from the NSW HSC, or equivalent.

Assessment items

Quiz: Quizzes

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Reports

Formal Examination: Formal Examination

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.

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 1

The Laboratory in week 1 is a compulsory laboratory safety induction session. There are a total of 12 laboratories including the laboratory in week 1. Laboratories finish in week 12 of term.


Face to Face On Campus 14 hour(s) per Term Full Term starting in week 1

Week 1 has 3 x 1 hour lectures, weeks 2-11 have a 1 hour lecture per week which must occur after all labs have been conducted for the week.