2 x 50-minute lectures weekly
2 x 50-minute workshops weekly
1 x 3-hour laboratory fortnightly
^ = may be enrolled concurrently
1 ^ PHYS1101 - Fundamental Physics I
1a PHYS1332 - Physics for Engineers
Must Satisfy: ((1 or 1a))
Assumed knowledge
Knowledge such as can be acquired in PHYS1701 Physics for the Modern World
Laboratory Workbook, Workshops, Wiley + (Online Quizzes), Examination
Topic description
For students who wish to have a solid understanding of the laws of nature (the rules which govern how matter and energy inteact on all scales) as a foundation for their scientific career, this topic will cover each of the fundamental areas of physics at depth. Material to be covered includes Astronomy and Cosmology, advanced mechanics of rotating bodies, advanced electromagnetism, special relativity and quantum mechanics. The laboratory work is integrated with lectures and fosters an 'exploration of principles' ethos, where the students are encouraged to explore and understand the influence of relevant parameters on the phenomena they are studying.
Educational aims
The aims of this topic are:

  1. To develop an appreciation of the role of physics in diverse areas
  2. To develop problem-solving skills
  3. To encourage critical analytical skills
  4. To build on students' pre-existing knowledge of physics and mathematics
  5. To provide a foundation for higher level studies in physics, or adequate physics background for higher level studies in other disciplines of science
Expected learning outcomes
At the completion of this topic, students are expected to be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the physics concepts underlying the material discussed in the topic
  2. Develop models to apply to physical phenomena, and express these in the language of mathematics
  3. Recognise the strengths and limitations of models used to describe physical phenomena
  4. Solve selected problems, and interpret and critically analyse the results obtained
  5. Design and perform laboratory investigations, and compare results to predictions of an appropriate model
  6. Communicate their physics knowledge effectively