PHYS101-21S2 (D) Semester Two 2021 (Distance)

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.


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



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.

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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 department and colleges page.

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