PHYS100 Introductory Physics

Updated: 15 February 2019
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale OUA Trimester 1 Online
Armidale OUA Trimester 3 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 3 Online
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is a supervised exam at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled. The paper-based exam will be held at an established exam venue, and coordinated by UNE Exams Unit.
Pre-requisites None
Co-requisites None
Restrictions PHYS123 or PHYS131 or PHYS132

Completion of science and mathematics at Year-10 is advised and certainly Year-11 will be an advantage. Students should be confident with addition, subtraction, division and multiplication and have had an introduction to algebra. If you are doing both MTHS100 and PHYS100, consider completing MTHS100 Introduction to Quantitative Skills, prior to, or concurrently with, PHYS100 Introductory Physics. Students required to complete PHYS100 before enrolling for further PHYS units may apply to the head of school for a waiver of the prerequisite requirements.

Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Michael Evans (
Unit Description

This unit is intended for students who did NOT study high school Physics. It could be a "stand-alone" physics unit or would suit students who will go on to PHYS131 and PHYS132 Topics covered will include kinematics, dynamics, electricity and magnetism, wave motion, atomic and nuclear physics.

Important Information

Where calculators are permitted in examinations, it must be selected from an approved list, which can be accessed from the Further Information link below.

Further information

Materials Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. define concepts, describe the relationship between quantities and solve numerical problems in the areas of linear and rotational mechanics, fluids, electricity and magnetism, waves (sound and light), atomic and nuclear physics;
  2. interpret and analyse a physical system from a text, image or graphical form; be able to describe the behaviour of fundamental physical systems and the relationships between quantities that they possess; and
  3. express an understanding of scientific methods.