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|
|College/School||College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
|Coordinator||Doctor Krzysztof Bolejko|
|Available as student elective?||Yes|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
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|Hobart||Semester 1||On-Campus||Off-Campus||International International||Domestic Domestic|
- International students
- Domestic students
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- 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.
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PrerequisitesPHY415115 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)
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.
|Assessment||Test 1 (15%)|Test 2 (15%)|Examination (45%)|Assignments (10%)|Lab reports (15%)|
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.
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