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PHYS1003: Physics 1 (Technological)

Physics is the study of matter and energy and how they interact. It underpins all other sciences, and is the foundation of all engineering and technology. This unit of study forms part of a broad overview of the major topics of physics, which provides the necessary background knowledge and practice of scientific skills for students majoring in physical and engineering sciences, and emphasis is placed on applications of physical principles to the technological world. You will cover the topics of electromagnetism, fluids, and quantum physics. You will develop experimental skills, and through enquiry, observation and measurement you will learn how to apply your physical understanding to real-world problems. This unit of study is intended for students with a satisfactory prior knowledge of HSC physics, or satisfactory performance in PHYS1001 or PHYS1002.

Code PHYS1003
Academic unit Physics Academic Operations
Credit points 6
Recommended Co-requisites: (MATH1003 or MATH1903) and (MATH1005 or MATH1905)
PHYS1004 or PHYS1902 or PHYS1904
Assumed knowledge:
HSC Physics or PHYS1001 or PHYS1002 or PHYS1901 or equivalent. Students who have not completed HSC Physics (or equivalent) are strongly advised to take the Physics Bridging Course (offered in February). Students are also encouraged to take (MATH1X23 or MATH1933 or MATH1X03 or MATH1907) and MATH1X05 concurrently

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

  • LO1. demonstrate an understanding of the key concepts of the behaviour of fluids, electric and magnetic fields, and the fundamental concepts of quantum physics and its application to technology
  • LO2. apply these concepts to develop models, and to solve qualitative and quantitative problems in scientific and engineering contexts with particular reference to applications in modern technology
  • LO3. demonstrate basic experimental skills in the use of electrical measuring instruments and the ability to devise and carry out a scientific investigation that includes measuring physical quantities, analysis and interpretation of results
  • 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.