PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICS A

PHY1SCA

2020

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this foundation subject,you will be introduced to the concepts of classical physics that underpin the physical sciences, engineering and other sciences, and which provides the basis for further study in these fields. You will learn about mechanics, linear and rotational kinematics and dynamics, thermodynamics, waves, and simple harmonicmotion. On completion of this subject, you will be able apply the concepts and terminology of classical physics to solve problems. Through a tailored laboratory program, you will gain hands-on experience of the essential apparatus of classical physics to make and analyse measurements. The subject is paired with the second semester subject PHY1SCB, and together constitute a mainstream University course in first-year Physics.

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 PHY1LS

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. Apply the principles of mechanics, thermodynamics and waves to solve conceptual and numerical problems.

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. Safely execute experiments using standard physics laboratory techniques and equipment.

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. Analyse and interpret laboratory results in the context of the topics covered in the subject.

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

05. Present findings of laboratory experiments in written form.

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, 2020, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRussell Anderson

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: 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 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*
Four Individual laboratory reports (1,200-words equivalent total)25 02, 03, 04, 05
On-line quizzes (300-words equivalent)10 01, 02
One x 1-hour mid semester written examination (1,000-words equivalent)25 01, 02
One 2-hour end of semester written examination (2,000-words equivalent)40 01, 02

Melbourne, 2020, 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: 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 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*
Four Individual laboratory reports (1,200-words equivalent total)25 02, 03, 04, 05
On-line quizzes (300-words equivalent)10 01, 02
One x 1-hour mid semester written examination (1,000-words equivalent)25 01, 02
One 2-hour end of semester written examination (2,000-words equivalent)40 01, 02