School Of Science And Health

Physics 1Western Sydney University Unit Code: 300828.1

Discipline: PHYSICS

Student Contribution Band: 2

Level: 1

Credit Points: 10

Assumed Knowledge
HSC 2 Unit Mathematics Band 4 (Not General Mathematics) or equivalent.

Equivalent Units
300558 - Physics 1

About this Unit
This unit provides an introduction to physics for science and medical science students as well as providing a basis for further study of more advanced physics for students pursuing courses in nanotechnology, chemical, physical and mathematical sciences. It provides a foundation to understand the physical principles which underlay scientific instrumentation and analysis Topics covered include systems of units; Introductory mechanics, Newtons laws, work, conservation of energy and momentum; Electricity, electrostatics, DC and AC circuits and components, introductory electromagnetism; Waves and optics, electromagnetic radiation, reflection, refraction, image formation, polarisation, interference and diffraction.

Special Requirements - Essential Equipment
Students must have a Scientific Calculator and Laboratory Notebook (good quality A4 size book in which graphs, computer printouts and other relevant information may be added in as required).

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