Fundamentals of Physics E - PHYS0001

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: 0

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 course in Physics designed for students taking the Diploma in Science, Engineering and Technology. It should be taken in conjunction with an introductory level course in Mathematics. Students who complete PHYSOOO1 can count this course towards the Science component or the total Units of Credit of their degree. Students intending to progress to level II Physics must complete PHYS1121/PHYS1221 or PHYS1131/PHYS1231.

The following topics will be included: 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; fluid 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.
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