PHYS1021 Applied Physics A

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Online-TT
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 elective
Content
This unit covers (1) basics—measurement and units; (2) mechanics—motion in one dimension, force, work and energy, motion in two dimensions, linear momentum; (3) bodies in equilibrium, elasticity and fracture; (4) vibrations and waves; and (5) fluids. The content is strongly biologically focused.
Outcomes
Students are able to develop skills in critical thinking about physical situations, problem solving, quantitative analysis and experimental technique.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignments; (2) laboratory classes; and (3) tests. Further information is available 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)
Dr Ralph James
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
Mathematics Applications ATAR or Mathematics Methods ATAR or Mathematics Specialist ATAR or WACE Mathematics 3A/3B or Mathematics 3C/3D or Mathematics Specialist 3A/3B or Mathematics Specialist 3C/3D or MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals or MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods or MATH1722 Mathematics Foundations: Specialist or equivalent
Incompatibility:
PHYS1001 Physics for Scientists and Engineers; PHYS1002 Modern Physics; PHYS1101 Advanced Physics A; PHYS1102 Advanced Physics B; PHYS1141 General Physics A; PHYS1142 General Physics B
Contact hours
labs: 18 hours per semester; lectures: 3 hours per week
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.
  • 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. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. 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. Copies of textbooks and other readings will be made available for students to access from the Library, online wherever possible as well as in print.
  • If this unit is offered as on-campus face-to-face study only, students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.