PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICS A

PHY1SCA

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

On completion of this subject, students will be able to solve problems in classical physics (mechanics, thermodynamics and waves) which provide the basis for further study in physics, engineering or another science. They will be able to use the essential apparatus in a physics laboratory to take and analyse measurements, and understand the vocabulary and concepts of classical physics. The topics covered include linear and rotational kinematics and dynamics, thermodynamics, and simple harmonic motion. Students will conduct nine experimental investigations related to these topics. This subject and the second semester subject PHY1SCB together constitute a mainstream course in Physics at the first-year level.

SchoolSchool of Molecular Sciences/LIMS

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAndrew McDonald

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects PHY1LSA, PHY1LS, PHY1PA

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsUniversity physics (With modern Physics) (International edition)PrescribedYoung, H.D and Freedman R.A.13RD ED, PEARSON ADDISON WESLEY, SAN FRANCISCO.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Diagrammatically represent, analyse and/or solve conceptual and mathematical problems related to mechanics, thermodynamics and waves.

Activities:
Students are assessed via 12 online quizzes and problem-solving classes. In the online quizzes, students answer conceptual and mathematical multiple choice questions. In problem classes, students solve short answer problems. Students sit a mid-semester multiple choice quiz, and a final end of semester exam comprising short answer questions.

02. Use accurate terminology and appropriate SI units to describe physical phenomena related to mechanics, thermodynamics and waves.

Activities:
Students are required to use appropriate terminology and SI units in all assessment elements (namely problem classes, online quizzes, laboratory reports and exams).

03. Perform experiments related to mechanics, thermodynamics and waves using standard physics laboratory techniques, equipment and software and assess the data to check for inappropriate, irrelevant or spurious results.

Activities:
Students complete nine laboratory experiments and submit a report that indicates their ability to detail and assess experimental data. Students follow written and verbal laboratory instructions to conduct the experiments accurately and safely.

04. Explain and interpret laboratory results in the context of mechanics, thermodynamics and waves.

Activities:
Students submit nine laboratory reports detailing their interpretation of the results. The laboratory report mark contains a writing component.

05. Collaborate in pairs to complete laboratory experiments and submit reports.

Activities:
The teamwork component of the laboratory report mark assesses the participation of each student in completing the experiment. Students are expected to submit their own work (as instructed in the laboratory sessions). If they fail to do so, they are counselled after the first occasion by the demonstrator. For subsequent plagiarism, no marks are awarded and they are interviewed by the subject coordinator.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2018, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAndrew McDonald

Class requirements

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Lecture/Workshop Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours lecture/workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Problem Based Learning Week: 11 - 22
One 2.0 hours problem based learning per week on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours unscheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.

Seminar Week: 10 - 12
One 1.0 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 12 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
4 x Individual laboratory reports (1200 words equivalent)25 02, 03, 04, 05
On-line quizzes (300 words equivalent)10 01, 02
One x 1-hour mid semester written examination (1000 word equiv)25 01, 02
One 2-hour end of semester written examination (2000 word equiv)40 01, 02

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAndrew McDonald

Class requirements

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Lecture/Workshop Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours lecture/workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Problem Based Learning Week: 11 - 22
One 2.0 hours problem based learning per week on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours unscheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
4 x Individual laboratory reports (1200 words equivalent)25 02, 03, 04, 05
On-line quizzes (300 words equivalent)10 01, 02
One x 1-hour mid semester written examination (1000 word equiv)25 01, 02
One 2-hour end of semester written examination (2000 word equiv)40 01, 02