• Offered by Physics Education Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Physics
  • Areas of interest Astronomy and Astrophysics, Physics
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Paul Francis
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2016
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Advanced Physics 1 introduces foundational concepts in the areas of mechanics, electricity and magnetism. It develops skills and knowledge for solving interesting physics problems - emphasizing reasoning from fundamental principles, such as energy and momentum conservation. There are many applications to research, technology, and everyday life. The course introduces experimental and computational methods as parts of an integrated approach to physics. Lectures include problem solving activities. Topics covered include: force and momentum, energy and work, energy quantization, gravitation, oscillating systems, electric and magnetic fields, electric potential, and electric circuits.

This course together with Advanced Physics 2 provide the basis for further study of physics. They underpin the study at second year level of the core physics areas of: quantum mechanics, statistical and thermal physics, electromagnetism, and waves and optics.

Honours Pathway Option

Honours pathway students will have options for more advanced work.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On satisfying the requirements for this course students will:

1. Understand the fundamental principles of classical mechanics, electric and magnetic fields and simple electrical circuits.
2. Be able to apply these principles to the solution of problems, including complex problems, and to the conduct of experiments.
3. Have a basic understanding of uncertainty in the context of physics, and how to handle it.
4. Have basic laboratory skills including equipment skills, data gathering, record keeping, data analysis, experiment design, and presentation.
5. Have basic computational skills and be able to apply them to solving problems.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment comprises:

  • Laboratory write-ups (30%; LO 2, 3, 4, 5)
  • Homework assignments (30%; LO 1, 2, 3, 5)
  • Lecture and tutorial activities (10%; LO 1, 2, 3)
  • Final exam (30%; LO 1,2,3)

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Three lectures per week. Eight three hour laboratories. One tutorial per week.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed or be currently studying MATH1013 or MATH1115.

Prescribed Texts


Assumed Knowledge

There is a corequisite of MATH1013/1115.  There is no formal physics prerequisite but preparation is assumed and recommended. Recommended preparation is - NSW: a high standard in 2 unit physics or a multistrand science; ACT: a high standard in physics (major).




Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3276
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4368
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2984 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016 In Person N/A

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