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PHYS1004: Physics 1 (Environmental and Life Science)

2022 unit information

This unit of study has been designed specifically for students interested in further study in environmental and life sciences. The lecture series contains modules on the topics of properties of matter, electromagnetism, and radiation and its interactions with matter.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Physics Academic Operations

Code PHYS1004
Academic unit Physics Academic Operations
Credit points 6
PHYS1003 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, the elasticity of solids, and the nature of electric and magnetic fields and the interaction between them; an understanding of radiation and its interaction with matter with applications in both atomic and nuclear physics
  • 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.

Unit availability

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2020
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2021
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2021
Normal day Remote
Semester 2 2022
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2022
Normal day Remote

Modes of attendance (MoA)

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Important enrolment information

Additional advice

It is recommended that PHYS1001 or PHYS1002 or PHYS1901 be completed before this unit