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Classical dynamics, oscillations, temperature and heat, D.C. circuits, geometrical optics and interference, nuclear physics.
PHYS111 can be taken as a stand-alone course, or by students who need to strengthen their background in physics before taking one or more of the advancing 100-level physics papers required for further study in physical sciences or engineering. Many of the topics covered in the course form part of the present high school physics syllabus, but will be reinforced and extended here in a more quantitative manner.SyllabusTerm 1 : DynamicsMotion in one and two dimensions; Newton's laws; work and energy; systems of particles and centre of mass; momentum; collisions; rotations; oscillations and waves.Term 2 : Waves, Optics, Heat, Electricity and Nuclear PhysicsElectromagnetic waves; polarization; reflection and refraction; lenses; light as a wave; electrical circuits; heat; the nucleus; the big bang.
To learn the basic laws of physics AND to see that physics can be interesting and relevant to your daily experiences! PHYS111 is offered in both Semester 1 and 2, it is a course designed for students who do not have a strong background in Physics. Success in PHYS111 will give you a good foundation for PHYS101 (offered in Semester 1 and Semester 2). PHYS111 is a ‘non-calculus’ course but does assume previous knowledge of Physics and Mathematics. If you have no background in Physics or Mathematics then you will have to work hard to keep up.
Students who have been credited with any of PHYS101, PHYS102, PHYS113 or PHYS114 cannot subsequently be credited with PHYS111.
The distance course will follow the same overall schedule as PHYS111 on campus and cover the same material. 1. Lectures will be available as recordings online a few hours after they are delivered. 2. Homework will be the same as for on-campus students. 3. Tutorials will be via Zoom. The exact schedule will be determined by consultation with students, and account for time-zone issues. 4. Laboratory exercises will involve videos and consultation with a Teaching Assistant via Zoom. Some of the exercises can be done at home, but some will involve analysis of data provided.Satisfactory laboratory performance is a requirement for a pass in this course.
FINAL EXAMINATIONThe final examination will count 55% toward your final mark in the course. It tests your grasp of the lectures, problems done on-line and in tutorials, and reading material. A 40% mark in the exam and 50% overall is required to pass this course.Previous years exam papers are downloadable from the library website and available on Learn.
Knight, Randall Dewey;Jones, Brian; Field, Stuart;
College Physics: A Strategic Approach, Global Edition;
Pearson Higher Ed USA, 2015.
Library portalCourse information and content (PDF 2169KB)
General Course Information (PDF 163KB)
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.