Courses & Units

Physics 1A KYA101




The objective of this unit is to provide a thorough grounding in dynamics, mechanics and special relativity (32 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. These techniques you will then be able to take with you when studying other more-advanced material in Physics.


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 student elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Introductory


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


International students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021.

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Learning Outcomes

  • knowledge: apply knowledge of physical principles in a broad range of contexts, ability to apply both theoretical and experimental physical knowledge, understand underlying assumptions and limitations of physical theories, understand the linkages between physics and other science and humanities disciplines.
  • communication skills: demonstrate oral, written, numerical and graphic communication.
  • problem solving skills: develop the ability to think critically about the evidence for and against different physical theories, conceptualise problems, formulate and evaluate a range of possible solutions.
  • global perspective: understand the role of physics in a broad range of contexts, disciplines and situations.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
010301 $1,002.00 $1,002.00 not applicable $2,701.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

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


Teaching Pattern

On Campus: 4 lectures, 1 tutorial, weekly (13 wks), 6 x (2hr lab).

Off Campus:  Lectures 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.

AssessmentAssignments (10%)|Lab reports (15%)|Test 1 (15%)|Test 2 (15%)|Examination (45%)
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