Courses & Units

Physics 1B KYA102




The unit KYA102 Physics 1B is the second semester unit designed for students who intend to proceed with further studies in Physics in later years, or who will be proceeding to other courses for which a strong Physics background is required. It provides broad coverage of the fundamentals of solid body and fluid mechanics, atomic and nuclear physics, light and optics, and oscillations and waves. Students who do not have a passing grade in the first semester KYA101 unit can continue with KYA102; however, both KYA101 and 102 are prerequisites for the second year physics units.


Unit name Physics 1B
Unit code KYA102
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Physics
Coordinator Associate Professor Stanislav (Stas) Shabala
Available as student elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Introductory


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022

* 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

  • using appropriate terminology, describe basic physical concepts in atomic and nuclear physics, oscillations and waves, optics and properties of matter.
  • formulate physical problems in the areas of atomic and nuclear physics, waves and oscillations, optics and properties of matter, and apply mathematical techniques to solve them.
  • describe the assumptions and limitations underpinning physics theories.
  • analyse and interpret experimental results to identify evidence for and against physics hypotheses.
  • report scientific information to colleagues and lay audiences using oral, written, numerical and graphic communication.
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)

Mutual Exclusions

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



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