- Code PHYS1001
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Research School of Physics
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Physics
- Areas of interest Physics
- Academic career UGRD
- Dr AJ Mitchell
- Dr John Debs
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2021
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In 2021, PHYS1001 can be adjusted for a limited number of remote participants only. All students must read instructions in "other information" below
Nationally recognised with two teaching awards, Foundations of Physics aims to teach you to “think like a physicist!” A course for anyone who wants to get a solid foundation in basic-physics concepts, or needs to catchup before entering into a major. It will also teach you skills and an approach to problem solving that you will take forward in your life.
The course offers a unique 'hands on' approach to learning physics. You'll get the background material for each week in a short 1 hour theory lecture, and then have the opportunity, over the course of an afternoon, to put that theory into practice. You'll work in small teams to build, test and analyse physics experiments directly relevant to the material you're learning. Lab manuals and instructions are forbidden! Just like a real researcher.
We introduce students to the key concepts in physics in the areas of mechanics, electricity and magnetism. It is an algebra-based course suitable for those who wish to undertake some physics but do not have a strong mathematical background, and great for those keen on entering graduate medicine via the GAMSAT.
If you've ever wanted to get a real taste of what physics is all about, this is the course for you.
The course is taught by young, enthusiastic and experienced teachers with research interests in quantum mechanics (atom lasers and precision measurement), advanced materials engineering, laser science, and more!
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Understand the fundamental principles of classical mechanics, electric and magnetic fields and simple electrical circuits.
- Be able to apply these principles to the solution of problems and to the conduct of experiments.
- Have a basic understanding of uncertainty in the context of physics, and how to handle it.
- Have basic laboratory skills including equipment skills, data gathering, record keeping, data analysis, experiment design, and presentation.
Attention all students seeking to enrol in PHYS1001 in Semester 1, 2021
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, in Sem 1, 2021, this course can be adjusted for a limited number of remote participants only. All interested students must read the information at the college website, and follow the instructions to seek permission to enrol.
This course can be taken as an entry into the physics major by students without prior physics background.. You are able to enrol in Advanced Physics 1 & 2 (PHYS1101 & PHYS1201) concurrently in semester 2, after completing this course, and the requisite level of mathematics (MATH1013). This course also satisfies the compulsory first-year physics requirements for ANU’s Bachelor of Engineering (Honours).
- Laboratory (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Homework assignments (30) [LO 1,2,3]
- Mid-Term and Final Exam (30) [LO 1,2,3]
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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:
- Face-to face component which may consist of 1 x 3 hour Laboratory session per week (36 total hours over the semester), 2 hours of weekly lectures and a 2 hour weekly drop-in session.
- Approximately 46 hours of self directed study which will include preparation for lectures and other assessment tasks.
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