Courses & Units

Introductory Physics KYA103


This subject aims to provide students with an understanding of basic physical concepts in classical mechanics. Understanding of motion, force, energy and momentum is instrumental to the study of other key areas of physics, such as: mechanics, electric and magnetic fields, waves, atoms and nuclei. This unit also aids students in analysing and synthesising information, problem solving and scientific experimentation. Students who successfully complete Introductory Physics will qualify for entry into units or degree programs at the University of Tasmania which have pre-tertiary Physics (PHY415115) or equivalent as a prerequisite, including first year units Physics 1A (KYA101) and Physics 1B (KYA102).


Unit name Introductory Physics
Unit code KYA103
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Physics
Coordinator Doctor Danijela Ivkovic
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart 5 Week Session Jan A On-Campus International Domestic
Online 5 Week Session Jan A Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
5 Week Session Jan A 2/1/2024 9/1/2024 19/1/2024 4/2/2024

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Learning Outcomes

  • Convey the fundamental laws and principles of classical physics through worked examples, practical demonstrations and experiments.
  • Solve problems in classical mechanics by applying suitable formulae, vectors, graphs and diagrams.
  • Use experimental techniques and analyse data to confirm laws of classical mechanics and make predictions.

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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Mutual Exclusions

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

KYA004 Physics Foundation Unit


AssessmentExperiment (10%)|Demonstrations (20%)|Assignments (30%)|Final Test (40%)
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The following free online textbook is recommended for this unit:

College Physics


You may wish to study from the following textbook:

New Century Senior Physics: Concepts in context by R. Walding, G. Rapkins and G. Rossiter (2004, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, ISBN: 978 0 19 551777 4)

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