Courses & Units

Physics 1B KYA102




The unit is designed for students who expect to major in physics, as well as for those who will major in other physical sciences, mathematics and computer science. Physics from the fields of: atomic physics, oscillatory phenomena, properties of matter, optics and wave motion is covered in the unit. Topics in oscillatory phenomena include simple harmonic motion, standing waves, travelling waves, interference phenomena and the Doppler effect. Topics in atomic physics include the photoelectric effect, the Bohr model of the atom, Compton scattering, x-ray spectra and nuclear decay and reactions. Properties of matter topics include surface tension, elastic and bulk modulus, buoyancy, viscosity and cavitation. Optics introduces simple optical phenomena and discusses Fermat's principle, reflection, refraction and thin lenses.


Unit name Physics 1B
Unit code KYA102
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Physics

Dr S Shabala

Teaching staff

Dr A Cole, Dr M Duldig, Dr W Hankey

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


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 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 2 12/7/2021 10/8/2021 30/8/2021 17/10/2021

* 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).

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Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
010301 $993.00 $993.00 not applicable $2,701.00

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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

3 lectures, 8 x 3 hr labs, 1 tutorial, weekly (13 wks)

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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