PHYS131 Applied Physics I

Updated: 19 December 2017
Credit Points 6
Responsible Campus Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Intensive School(s)

Intensive schools are for students enrolled in Online Mode only, unless specified in the notes.

Start Finish Attendance Notes
03 May 2018 06 May 2018 Mandatory The intensive school is mandatory for online students only. Students must attend the Mandatory Intensive School which is held in Armidale.
Supervised Exam There is a UNE Supervised Examination held at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled.
Pre-requisites None
Co-requisites None
Restrictions BIOP111 or PHYS121 or PHYS121A

Year 12 HSC Mathematics Extension 1 is assumed knowledge.

Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Ronald Bradbury (
Unit Description

This unit comprises two modules.

Module I will cover linear and circular motion, Newton's Laws, work, energy, power, simple harmonic motion, momentum, and elasticity.

Module II will cover electrostatics, DC and AC electrical circuits, magnetism and electromagnetism.

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


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

Sears and Zemansky's University Physics with Modern Physics eBook

ISBN: 9781442538016
Young, H.D., Freedman, R.A., Bhathal, R. and Ford, A.L., Pearson 1st Aust. SI ed. 2010

Note: While it is difficult to obtain, the paper version of the prescribed eBook is also acceptabale (ISBN: 9781442517110). All students require this text. The same book is required for PHYS132.

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 Assessment 1 20%
Assessment Notes

Online assessment. Numerical and conceptual problem solving activities

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 2, 3

Compulsory Assessment 2 20%
Assessment Notes


Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 2, 3

Compulsory Assessment 3 2 hrs 15 mins 30%
Assessment Notes

Mid-Trimester School Examination

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 2

Compulsory Final Examination 2 hrs 15 mins 30%
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 3

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental concepts of motion and forces as applied to simple 1, 2 and 3-D systems;
  2. undertake calculations to determine the effect of multiple forces and the resulting motion, and the concepts of deformation, elasticity and strength as pertaining to static forces and be able to calculate tensile strength of objects; and
  3. demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental concepts of electricity and magnetism and the relationship between them.