Courses & Units

Physics 1A KYA101




Dynamics, special relativity, electromagnetism and electrical circuits are studied in depth. Topics in dynamics include vectors, Newton's Laws, energy and momentum conservation, friction, rotational motion and torque. Special relativity covers time dilation, length contraction, Lorentz position and velocity transforms, relativistic momentum and energy.  Topics in electromagnetism include, electric charge and fields, Gauss Law, DC circuits, capacitors and inductors, Kirchoff's Law, Thevenin equivalent circuits Lorntz force and the hall effect, Fariday's Law and Lenz's Law, self inductance, AC circuits, reactance and impedance and power transfer.

Leading to the second semester unit KYA102, this unit is designed for students who expect to major in physics, as well as for those who will major in other physical or biological sciences, mathematics and computer science.


Unit name Physics 1A
Unit code KYA101
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Physics

Teaching staff

Prof S Ellingsen, Dr S Shabala

Level Introductory
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


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


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 24/2/2020 23/3/2020 31/5/2020 31/5/2020

* 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 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2019.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2020: $1,190.00 2020: $2,701.00 010301

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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)



Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:


Teaching Pattern

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

For off-campus students, 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.


3-hr end-of-sem paper (45%), continuous assessment (55%)

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