PHYS111-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023

Introductory Physics for Physical Sciences and Engineering

15 points

Details:
Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023

Description

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.

Syllabus
Term 1 : Dynamics
Motion 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 Physics
Electromagnetic waves; polarization; reflection and refraction; lenses; light as a wave; electrical circuits; heat; the nucleus; the big bang.

Learning Outcomes

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.

Restrictions

Students who have been credited with any of PHYS101, PHYS102, PHYS113 or PHYS114 cannot subsequently be credited with PHYS111.

Timetable 2023

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 13:00 - 14:00 C3 Lecture Theatre
20 Feb - 2 Apr
24 Apr - 4 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 15:00 - 16:00 A2 Lecture Theatre
20 Feb - 2 Apr
24 Apr - 4 Jun
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 15:00 - 16:00 C3 Lecture Theatre
20 Feb - 2 Apr
24 Apr - 4 Jun
Drop in Class A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 16:00 - 17:00 Beatrice Tinsley 111
20 Feb - 2 Apr
24 Apr - 4 Jun
Drop in Class B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 16:00 - 17:00 Beatrice Tinsley 111
20 Feb - 2 Apr
24 Apr - 4 Jun
Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 09:00 - 12:00 Ernest Rutherford 312 Physics Lab
27 Feb - 26 Mar
1 May - 28 May
02 Monday 14:00 - 17:00 Ernest Rutherford 312 Physics Lab
27 Feb - 26 Mar
1 May - 28 May
03 Friday 13:00 - 16:00 Ernest Rutherford 312 Physics Lab
27 Feb - 26 Mar
1 May - 28 May
04 Tuesday 09:00 - 12:00 Ernest Rutherford 312 Physics Lab
27 Feb - 26 Mar
1 May - 28 May
05 Thursday 09:00 - 12:00 Ernest Rutherford 312 Physics Lab
27 Feb - 26 Mar
1 May - 28 May
06 Wednesday 09:00 - 12:00 Ernest Rutherford 312 Physics Lab
27 Feb - 26 Mar
1 May - 28 May
07 Thursday 13:00 - 16:00 Ernest Rutherford 312 Physics Lab
27 Feb - 26 Mar
1 May - 28 May
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 10:00 - 11:00 Ernest Rutherford 465
20 Feb - 2 Apr
24 Apr - 4 Jun
02 Friday 11:00 - 12:00 Ernest Rutherford 465
20 Feb - 2 Apr
24 Apr - 4 Jun
03 Friday 12:00 - 13:00 Ernest Rutherford 465
20 Feb - 2 Apr
24 Apr - 4 Jun
04 Friday 12:00 - 13:00 Ernest Rutherford 140
20 Feb - 2 Apr
24 Apr - 4 Jun

Examination and Formal Tests

Test A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 18:30 - 20:30 E8 Lecture Theatre
20 Mar - 26 Mar
02 Thursday 18:30 - 20:30 A1 Lecture Theatre
20 Mar - 26 Mar
03 Thursday 18:30 - 20:30 A2 Lecture Theatre
20 Mar - 26 Mar
Test B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 18:30 - 20:30 C1 Lecture Theatre
8 May - 14 May
02 Monday 18:30 - 20:30 C2 Lecture Theatre
8 May - 14 May
03 Monday 18:30 - 20:30 C3 Lecture Theatre
8 May - 14 May

Timetable Note

Satisfactory laboratory performance is a requirement for a pass in this course.

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Mike Reid

Assessment

Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Online problems 5%
Final Exam 55%
Laboratory work 15% 10% lab book checkpoint marking; 5% for best of two lab reports
Term Tests 20% 2 x 1 hour
Tutorial 5% Marks for active participation.


FINAL EXAMINATION

The 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.  Bring your own calculator. Calculators must be approved – look out for announcements on how to get this done.

Previous years exam papers are downloadable from the library website and available on Learn.

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

PP Urone and others; College Physics 2e ; Second Edition;

College Physics, Second Edition. PP Urone  and others.  Available for free online

Notes

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Additional Course Outline Information

Academic integrity

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $951.00

International fee $4,750.00

* 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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