Fundamentals of Physics - PHYS1111

Faculty: Faculty of Science

School: School of Physics

Course Outline:

Campus: Kensington Campus

Career: Undergraduate

Units of Credit: 6

EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)

Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 6

Enrolment Requirements:

Exclusion: PHYS1121, PHYS1131

Equivalent: PHYS1149, PHYS1189, PHYS1199

Excluded: PHYS1110

CSS Contribution Charge: 2 (more info)

Tuition Fee: See Tuition Fee Schedule

Further Information: See Class Timetable

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This is an introductory level course in physics for students from all disciplines.The course will cover the methods of Physics, including the folowing topics: the description of motion; forces and momentum; the dynamics of particles; kinetic and potential energy; the conservation of energy; temperature and thermal equilibrium; specific and latent heat; thermal energy; fluids and fluid flow; oscillations and simple harmonic motion; waves, wave reflection, refraction and interference; the wave nature of light; electric fields and charge; electric potential and energy; electric currents; magnetism; electromagnetic induction and Faraday’s law; early quantum theory and models of the atom; nuclear physics and radioactivity; nuclear energy.

Note: There is no Assumed Knowledge for this course. It also serves as a suitable introduction to Physics for students whose Program requires them to take PHYS1121 or PHYS1131 but who do not have the recommended level of Assumed Knowledge for these courses.
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