PHYS1001 Physics for Scientists and Engineers

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Multi-mode
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Physics major sequence
  • Level 1 core unit in the Civil specialisation in the Engineering Science major sequence
  • Level 1 core unit in the Electrical specialisation in the Engineering Science major sequence
  • Level 1 core unit in the Environmental specialisation in the Engineering Science major sequence
  • Level 1 core unit in the Mechanical specialisation in the Engineering Science major sequence
  • Level 1 core unit in the Mining specialisation in the Engineering Science major sequence
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 1 elective
Content
The content of this unit includes the physical principles underlying mechanics; heat and thermodynamics; waves and optics; electricity and the breakdown of classical physics. The content is explored with reference to a range of applications and physical contexts, and developed and applied through a series of laboratory tasks. Skills in problem identification and mathematical solution are fostered through assignment sheets and tutorial activities.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) develop a fundamental understanding of the principles underlying mechanics, heat and thermodynamics, waves and optics, electricity and the breakdown of classical Physics; (2) apply critical thinking skills in a range of conceptual physical situations; (3) use appropriate mathematical techniques; (4) develop and apply problem identification and mathematical solution skills in a physical context; and (5) develop skills in measurement, experimental technique and quantitative analysis relevant to physics.
Assessment
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) in-class assessments; (2) assignments; and (3) a final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite standard(s) for the laboratory component of the unit, as specified in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
John Brookes
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
(Physics ATAR
or
WACE Physics 3A/3B
or
PHYS1030 Physics Bridging Unit
or
equivalent)
and
(Mathematics Methods ATAR
or
Mathematics Specialist ATAR
or
WACE Mathematics 3C/3D
or
WACE Mathematics Specialist 3A/3B
or
WACE Mathematics Specialist 3C/3D
or
MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods
or
MATH1722 Mathematics Foundations: Specialist
or
MATH1001 Mathematical Methods 1
or
MATH1002 Mathematical Methods 2
or
MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus
or
MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods
or
equivalent)
Incompatibility:
PHYS1101 Advanced Physics A
Contact hours
Semester 1: labs: 6 x 3 hours; lectures: 3 x 45 minutes per week; tutorial support available
Semester 2: labs: 6 x 3 hours; online recorded lectures: 3 x 45 minutes per week; weekly 45 minute tutorials
Note
Students without ATAR Physics or equivalent are required to take PHYS1030 Physics Bridging Unit, prior to enrolling in this unit. This complementary unit in the Engineering Science major is required for all non-Chemical specialisations.
Texts

Current information is available in the School of Physics textbooks list.

  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.