PHYS101-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021

Engineering Physics A: Mechanics, Waves, Electromagnetism and Thermal Physics

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 July 2021
End Date: Sunday, 14 November 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 1 August 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 1 October 2021


This is a required course for all Engineering Programmes as well as Physics and Astronomy degrees. PHYS101 builds on NCEA level 3 physics to develop Mechanics, Conservation Laws, Fluids, Waves, Thermal Physics, and Electromagnetism into an essential foundation for science and technology understanding.

Your first reference for all matters related to PHYS101 should be the course outline this is available on LEARN and in the "Course Links" below.  This will be updated as information becomes available throughout  the course. You should also examine the discussion forums on the course web pages (see LEARN section in this document) and ask general questions in those forums.

Any queries about information not covered in this course outline should be directed to the email address  below,  please  email  only that address as this helps to ensure that your questions are
answered by the appropriate person. You should make the subject line of your email informative enough so that the issue you have can be identified from that subject line.


Learning Outcomes

The goal of this course is to provide foundation knowledge of Mechanics, Conservation Laws, Fluids, Waves, Thermal Physics and Electromagnetism for students advancing in physical science and engineering degrees.  Students will obtain basic competency in analysing and solving physical problems in these areas.  They will also obtain basic physics laboratory skills and data analysis techniques.


1) a) PHYS111 or NCEA 14 credits (18 credits strongly recommended) at level 3 Physics, and b) MATH101 or 14 Credits (18 credits strongly recommended) at level 3 Mathematics (including the standards 'Apply differentiation methods in solving problems (91578)' and 'Apply integration methods in solving problems(91579)), or

2) Cambridge: D at A level or an A at AS level in both Physics and Mathematics, or

3) IB: 4 at HL or 6 at SL in both Physics and Mathematics, or

4) approval of the Head of Department based on alternative prior learning.


PHYS113, PHYS112

Equivalent Courses


Course Coordinator

Adrian McDonald


Simon Brown , Martin Allen and Alex Schuddeboom


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Final Exam 50%
Laboratory 15% 5% Lab book checkpoint marking; 10 % Two Laboratory reports assessment grade based on your highest marked attempt).
Electronic tests 5% Prior to class electronic tests (30 out of 36 for full marks).
Test A 10%
Test B 10%
Tutorial 10% Marks for active participationand an ‘honest attempt’ at two of the assigned questions before the session. Maximum grade can be achieved for participation in 10 out of the 11sessions.

A satisfactory performance in the Exam is required for a passing grade in this course.

Additional Course Outline Information

Academic integrity

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $910.00

International fee $4,438.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Physical & Chemical Sciences on the departments and faculties page .

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