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 Stas Shabala
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Introductory


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 2 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 2 22/7/2024 16/8/2024 9/9/2024 27/10/2024

* 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 (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2024 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2024 will be available from the 1st October 2023. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Explain basic physical concepts in oscillatory dynamics and recognise the fundamental character of specific types of oscillations and waves.
  • Recognise the essential physical characteristics of atomic, optical, and condensed matter (liquid, solid) systems, and the assumptions and limitations of the physical theories describing them.
  • Apply mathematical techniques to solve problems in physical systems.
  • Understand the function of experimental physics apparatus and safely conduct experiments to collect evidence for or against explanatory hypotheses.
  • Report scientific information to colleagues and lay audiences using oral, written, numerical and graphic communication.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
010301 $1,118.00 $1,118.00 not applicable $2,978.00

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2 Please refer to more information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses.
3 Please refer to more information on eligibility for HECS-HELP.
4 Please refer to more information on eligibility for FEE-HELP.

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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)

Mutual Exclusions

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



Teaching Pattern

On Campus:  3 lectures/week x13 weeks, 1 tutorial/week x12 weeks, 3 hour lab session/week x8 weeks.

Off Campus:  As for on-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.

AssessmentTutorial Problem Working (5%)|Test 1 (10%)|Test 2 (10%)|Assignments (15%)|Practicals (20%)|Examination (40%)
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