• Offered by Physics Education Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject ANU College
  • Areas of interest Astronomy and Astrophysics, Physics
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Rebecca Cross
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2020
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ANUC1131 offers Diploma students similar learning outcomes to PHYS1101 in a highly supportive environment with extended hours for teaching and learning.

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 ANUC1132: 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.

Learning Outcomes

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

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

1. Construct and use appropriate physical models for a wide range of physical situations, including computer modeling, and explain their limitations.
2. Quickly estimate order-of-magnitude values for a wide range of physical quantities.
3. Analyse and interpret uncertain data, including computer analysis.
4. Become proficient with vectors and vector fields
5. Estimate the systematic and random uncertainties in both experimental and theoretical situations
6. Construct and analyse DC and AC circuits using a breadboard, multimeter and oscilloscope

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:
  • Laboratory write-ups (30%) (LO2-5)
  • Homework assignments (30%) (LO1,2,3,5)
  • Lecture and tutorial activities (10%) (LO1-3)
  • Final exam (30%) (LO1-3)

In response to COVID-19: Please note that Semester 2 Class Summary information (available under the classes tab) is as up to date as possible. Changes to Class Summaries not captured by this publication will be available to enrolled students via Wattle. 

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160 hours of total student learning time made up from:
  • 75 hours of lectures and laboratory/tutorial-based activities.
  • 85 hours of supported and independent student work.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must also enrol in ANUC1129(Mathematics and Applications 1). To enrol in this course, you must be enrolled in the Diploma of Science. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed PHYS1101.

Assumed Knowledge

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). Students without this level of preparation should take PHYS1001 first. You also need to meet the requirements of the maths co-requisites.


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
2020 $3690
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5250
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
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
4619 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 08 May 2020 05 Jun 2020 In Person N/A

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