PHYS1021 Applied Physics A

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 elective
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.
Students are able to develop skills in critical thinking about physical situations, problem solving, quantitative analysis and experimental technique.
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
Mathematics Applications ATAR
Mathematics Methods ATAR
Mathematics Specialist ATAR
WACE Mathematics 3A/3B
Mathematics 3C/3D
Mathematics Specialist 3A/3B
Mathematics Specialist 3C/3D
MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals
MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods
MATH1722 Mathematics Foundations: Specialist
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

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 via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.