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PHYS1002: Physics 1 (Fundamentals)

Physics is the study of how matter behaves, at scales from the very small to the very large. Physics is one of the most fundamental of the sciences, underpinning our understanding of the world and the creation of new technologies. This unit of study forms an introduction to some of the major topics of physics, for students who are new to Physics. You will cover the topics of the language of physics, mechanics, and oscillations and waves. You will develop experimental skills and learn how to observe and measure phenomena and try to explain and predict their behaviour. This unit of study is designed for students who have not studied Physics previously or scored below 65 in HSC Physics.

Code PHYS1002
Academic unit Physics Academic Operations
Credit points 6
PHYS1001 or PHYS1901 or EDUH1017 or PHYS1903
Assumed knowledge:
Students are encouraged to take (MATH1X21 or MATH1931 or MATH1X01 or MATH1906) and MATH1X02 concurrently

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. understand the key concepts in two foundation areas of physics - mechanics, and wave motion - and demonstrate some familiarity with the usual language of physics
  • LO2. apply these concepts to develop models, and to solve qualitative and quantitative problems in scientific contexts, using appropriate mathematical and computing techniques as necessary
  • LO3. understand the nature of scientific measurement, and demonstrate skills in the measurement of physical quantities and the handling of data
  • LO4. find and analyse information and judge its reliability and significance
  • LO5. communicate scientific information appropriately, both orally and through written work
  • LO6. engage in team and group work for scientific investigations and for the process of learning
  • LO7. demonstrate a sense of responsibility, ethical behaviour, and independence as a learner and as a scientist.