Year
2021
Units
4.5
Contact
4 x 1-hour workshops weekly
1 x 3-hour laboratory fortnightly
Prerequisites
^ = may be enrolled concurrently
^ MATH1121 - Mathematics 1A
Enrolment not permitted
1 of ENGR1732, PHYS1332, PHYS8332 has been successfully completed
Assumed knowledge
SACE (Year 12) Physics.
Assessment
Examination, Weekly Tutorial Tests, Practicals, Mathematics Competency Quiz
Topic description

Fundamental Physics1 introduces the following concepts:

Mechanics (Statics)

  1. Units and standards
  2. Forces as vectors
  3. Force System Resultants
  4. Equilibrium of a Rigid Body

Mechanics (Dynamics)

  1. Kinematics
  2. Force and Acceleration
  3. Work and Energy

Oscillations, Wave motion, Sound, Light

  1. Oscillations
  2. Wave motion
  3. Sound

Electromagnetism

  1. Electric charge and electric field
  2. Electric potential
  3. Electric current and resistance
  4. Magnetism
  5. Introduction to Electromagnetic waves
Educational aims

This topic aims to lay the foundation that students can use the principles of Physics for understanding and solving problems in all areas of Engineering. In particular the topic aims that students:

  • Will understand and apply the fundamental principles of kinematics, mehcanical forces, oscillations, waves, sound, light and Electromagnetism
  • Will learn how to use the principles of kinematics, mechanical forces, oscillations, waves, sound, light and Electromagnetism for problem solving
  • Will develop the understanding how to carry out experiments in a Physics laboratory
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Understand and communicate the basic principles of kinematics, mechanical forces, oscillations, waves, sound, light and Electromagnetism
  2. Apply the concepts of Kinematics, mechanical forces, oscillations, waves, sound, light and Electromagnetism for solving Engineering problems
  3. Safely carry out experiments in a Physics laboratory
  4. Evaluate and communicate results from Laboratory in written and oral forms
  5. Understand roles within a team through participation in team activities

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

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Classes are held weekly unless otherwise indicated.

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Class registration normally closes at the end of week 2 of each semester.

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Registration in the stream will result in registration in all classes.
  Unless otherwise advised, classes are not held during semester breaks or on public holidays.