Courses & Units

Physics 1A KYA101


The objective of this unit is to provide a thorough grounding in dynamics, mechanics and special relativity (33 lectures) and electromagnetism (17 lectures), and to appreciate the mathematical framework through which quantitative problems in these areas can be solved. On completion of the unit you will be familiar with basic terminology and processes in dynamics and electricity. From the dynamics, you will have developed an appreciation of how the mathematical techniques of vector analysis can assist in formulating and solving physical problems. From the special relativity you will learn how Newtonian dynamics and mechanics are modified at very high speeds. From the electromagetism, you will have developed an understanding of how the mathematical techniques of complex numbers can assist in formulating and solving physical problems. These techniques you will then be able to take with you when studying other more-advanced material in Physics. You will have also further developed your generic problem-solving skills, and your scientific world-view. This unit is required in the Physics Major.


Unit name Physics 1A
Unit code KYA101
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Physics
Coordinator Doctor Krzysztof Bolejko
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Introductory


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 26/2/2024 22/3/2024 15/4/2024 2/6/2024

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Learning Outcomes

  • Explain physical phenomena in a broad range of contexts, disciplines and situations.
  • Solve numerical problems by applying physical theories and principles.
  • Conduct physical experiments in a laboratory setting.

Fee Information

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PHY415115 Physics (or KYA004 or KYA103) and MTM415117 Mathematics Methods (or KMA003 or KMA100) or TCE score of 80 or more (subject to counselling and approval by Head of Physics)


Teaching Pattern

On Campus: 50 face-to-face lecturials (4 per week), 12 face-to-face tutorials (1 per week), 6 face-to-face practicals (1 per fortnight).

Off Campus:  Lecturials are recorded and a specific off-campus tutorial session will be arranged. Off-campus students will also need to attend a practical session which is done over a two or three day block in week 11 of semester in Hobart.

AssessmentTest 1 (10%)|Test 2 (10%)|Assignments (20%)|Lab reports (20%)|Examination (40%)
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