PHYS100 Introductory Physics

UNE has cancelled in-person, paper-based exams for Trimester 2. Instead, all exams will either be transferred to other modes of assessment, or offered online. There may be some discrepancies to published unit information while we work through the University processes to approve the changes and reflect them through publication. Information about online exams is available on UNE's Online Supervised Exams page.

Updated: 17 April 2020
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 exam will either be paper-based and offered at an established exam venue or online with supervision via webcam and screen sharing technology. 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

Prescribed Material

Shrink Wrapped Package(s):

Note: Students are expected to purchase prescribed material. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.

Conceptual Physics Global Edition with Practicing Physics for Conceptual Physics

ISBN: 9781488607561
Hewitt, P., Addison-Wesley 12th ed. 2014

Note: Package includes: Conceptual Physics Global Edition (ISBN: 9781292057132) and Practice Book for Conceptual Physics (ISBN: 9780321940742).

Text refers to: Trimester 1, On Campus and Online

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Assignment 40%
Assessment Notes

11 online activities - either multiple choice questions or simple numerical calculations. It is mandatory to pass this component in order to pass this unit.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 2, 3

Compulsory Final Examination 2 hrs 15 mins 60%
Assessment Notes

Online Examination. It is mandatory to pass this component in order to pass this unit.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 2, 3

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.