Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This unit is a natural sequel to PHY1LSA, but may be taken independently. It is an introduction to classical and modern physics useful for students in biological and animal sciences. The classical elements are forces, motion, fluids, heat, electricity and magnetism. Elements of modern physics such as special relativity, and quantum mechanics, are discussed. Students apply their knowledge of these elements in online quizzes, problem classes and laboratory classes. On completion, students will have a basic understanding of the fundamental principles of physics. No previous study of physics is assumed and mathematical methods are limited to basic algebra.

FacultyFaculty of Science, Tech & Engineering

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDavid Hoxley

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjects PHY10SCI, PHY11ENG, PHY12SCB, PHY11SCA, PHY1SCA, PHY1SCB

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsPhysics: principles with applications (with www pack).PrescribedGiancoli, DC 20056TH EDN, PEARSON PRENTICE-HALL, USA.
ReadingsFSTE First Year Survival Guide (second edition)RecommendedFaculty of Science, Technology and EngineeringLA TROBE UNIVERSITY 2012

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDavid Hoxley

Class requirements

Laboratory Class Week: 31 - 43
Nine 3.0 hours laboratory class per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
Three 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Problem Based Learning Week: 32 - 43
One 2.0 hours problem based learning per week on weekdays during the day from week 32 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%
laboratory reports/exercises20
on-line quizzes10
one 1-hour mid semester examination5
one 3-hour examination55
problem sets10