Credit points: 15

Subject outline

On completion of this unit, 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. Knowledge and competence in the material presented in VCE physics and maths is assumed.

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 PHY11ENG, PHY11PAA, PHY12AGR, PHY12PAB, PHY10SCI, PHY1LSA

Equivalent subjects PHY10SCI

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsPhysics for scientists and engineers: a strategic approach, with modern physicsPrescribedKnight, RD 20083RD ED, PEARSON ADDISON WESLEY, SAN FRANCISCO.
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 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDavid Hoxley

Class requirements

Problem Based Learning Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours problem based learning per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
Three 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Laboratory Class Week: 11 - 22
Nine 3.0 hours laboratory class per study period on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 22 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