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PHYS1001 Physics for Scientists and Engineers

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Multi-mode
Semester 2OnlineOnline Restricted
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
  • 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 practical class 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
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) laboratory classes; (2) tests and assignments; and (3) 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 requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the laboratory classes component.

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)
Dr Ralf James (Semester 1) and Dr Darren Grasso (Semester 2)
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
ATAR Subjects Physics ATAR or equivalent And ATAR Subjects Mathematics Methods ATAR or equivalent And ATAR Subjects Mathematics Specialist ATAR or equivalent
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Unit PHYS1101 Advanced Physics A And Unit PHYS1001 Physics for Scientists and Engineers
Contact hours
labs: 5 x 3 hours; online recorded lectures: 3 x 45 minutes per week; and weekly 2 hour practical classes
Note
If required, students are advised to take bridging units in their first
year of study. Students without Mathematics Specialist ATAR or equivalent or higher take MATH1722. Students without ATAR Physics or equivalent or higher take PHYS1030.
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.