PHYSICS 1100 - Physics IA
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2023
General Course Information
Course Code PHYSICS 1100 Course Physics IA Coordinating Unit School of Physical Sciences Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 7 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites SACE Stage 2 Physics, Math Methods (formerly Math Studies), Specialist Maths - high achieving students without Specialist Maths may be granted exemption on application to Head of Physics Corequisites MATHS 1011 - students may be permitted to enrol in Physics IA concurrently with MATHS 1013 on application to Head of Physics Incompatible PHYSICS 1101, PHYSICS 1008, PHYSICS 1501, PHYSICS 1508 & PHYSICS 1510 Course Description This calculus-based course is the foundation for a major in physics, and also provides a quantitative understanding of physics concepts applicable in biological and geological sciences, and in Engineering.
Measurement and uncertainties. Particle mechanics: Newton's law of motion, gravitation, work, energy, conservative forces, momentum, collisions. Thermal physics: heat, temperature, internal energy, kinetic theory of gases, thermodynamic processes. Electricity and magnetism: charge and current, electric field, Ohm's Law, DC circuits, Coulomb and Gauss' laws, electrostatics, capacitance, magnetic field, Ampere and Faraday's laws, inductance, LC circuits. Practical problem solving.
Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Andrew MacKinnon
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesA successful student should be able to:
1 demonstrate a knowledge of the physical principals that describe mechanics of point particles, thermal physics, electricity and magnetism; 2 apply physical principals to familiar and unfamiliar situations in the world we live in 3 use the methods of algebra and calculus to make quantitative and qualitative predictions about the behaviour of physical systems while associating the correct unit with every physical quantity they use; 4 assess the reasonableness of a solution to a problem in qualitative terms 5 make decisions about the measurements needed to achieve an experimental objective 6 make appropriate use of standard measurement techniques and accurately record observations while identifying random and systematic uncertainties in experiments; 7 analyse measurements to determine quantitative results and their uncertainties and draw non trivial conclusions from experimental results; 8 use a variety of sources to locate and synthesise relevant information 9 work cooperatively in a team to complete a task in a limited time 10 confidently communicate results about the physical world both orally and in writing.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
Ling, S., Sanny, J. Moebs, W. (2016) University Physics (OpenStax College)
Volume 1: https://openstax.org/details/books/university-physics-volume-1
Volume 2: https://openstax.org/details/books/university-physics-volume-2
Volume 3: https://openstax.org/details/books/university-physics-volume-3
Kirkup, L Experimental Methods for Science and Engineering Students (2nd Edition) (Wiley) is recommended for the practical work.
Reference books include:
- Giancoli, D. C. Physics for Scientists and Engineers with Modern Physics, Pearson New International Edition, 4th edition (Pearson Prentice Hall).
- Halliday, D, Resnick, R and Walker, J Fundamentals of Physics (11th Australian & New Zealand Edition)
- Tipler, P Physics for Scientists and Engineers (6th Edition)
- Ohanian, Physics: readable and has “interludes” or “essays” reflecting interests often expressed by students
- Marion and Hornyak, Physics for Science and Engineering: is more mathematical than required for our courses
- Serway, Physics for Scientists and Engineers with Modern Physics
MyUni: Teaching materials and course documentation will be posted on the MyUni website (http://myuni.adelaide.edu.au).
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
This course will be delivered by the following means:
- 3 lectures of 1 hour per week
- 1 workshop of 1 hour per week
- 1 practical of 3 hours per fortnight
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
A student enrolled in a 3 unit course, such as this, should expect to spend, on average 12 hours per week on the studies required. This includes both the formal contact time required to the course (e.g., lectures and practicals), as well as non-contact time (e.g., reading and revision).
Learning Activities Summary
The course content will include the following:
Mechanics of particles (35%)
- Measurement, random and systematic errors, absolute and relative error, mean standard deviation and standard error of the mean, propagation of errors.
- 1-D kinematics; relative velocity.
- Dynamics of a particle in linear motion: Newton’s laws, principle of momentum, work, power, energy, conservative forces.
- System of particles in linear motion, impulse and collisions.
- Vector analysis and 2-D motion, Galilean transformations, projectile motion.
- Particle dynamics in 2-D, friction.
- Circular motion, angular velocity and acceleration, radial and tangential acceleration.
Thermal Physics (25%)
- Thermal equilibrium.
- Temperature, thermometers, thermometric properties.
- Ideal gases and the ideal gas law.
- Kinetic theory of gases
- Distribution of molecular speed; application to vapour pressure, relative humidity and diffusion.
- Heat and internal energy
- Heat capacity, specific heat, heats of transformation.
- First law of thermodynamics.
- Work and heat transfer in isothermal, isobaric, isochoric and adiabatic processes.
- Heat transfer mechanisms: conduction, convection and radiation.
Electricity and Magnetism (40%)
- Electrostatics: electric charge, electric field, electric flux, Gauss’s law, electric potential, capacitance, dielectrics, energy stored in electric field.
- DC Circuits: electric current and resistance, resistive circuits and Kirchhoff’s rules, RC circuits and time constant.
- Magnetism: magnetic field, magnetic deflection of charges, magnetic fields due to currents, electromagnetic induction, inductance, energy stored in magnetic field, EM oscillations.
Practical Work Content
Experiments, carried out in groups of three students:
- Measurement of the Density of Brass
- Diffraction Grating.
- Conservation of Energy.
- Voltage Divider
- Electrical and Thermal Characteristics of a Tungsten Filament
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Modified arrangements have been made to assessments to facilitate remote learning and teaching. Assessment task Type of assessment Percentage of total assessment for grading purposes # Hurdle
Yes or No #
Outcomes being assessed/achieved Workshop preparation and participation Formative & Summative 10% No 1 – 4, 8 – 10 Practical work Formative & Summative 20% Yes
(30% in each practical and 40% overall)
1 – 10 In – Semester Tests Formative & Summative 10% No 1 – 4, 10 Written Examination Summative 60% No 1 – 4, 10
Assessment Related Requirements
To obtain a grade of Pass or better in this course, a student must total 50% and also achieve a result of at least 30% in each practical and an overall result of 40% for the practical component.
Workshop preparation and participation (10% of the total course grade)
Workshops are held weekly, starting in the second week. The grade for the Workshop is based on the student’s preparation and participation during the workshop. Poor workshop results can be partly replaced by a better performance in the final exam.
The workshop mark can contribute up to 10% of the final course grade if it improves the mark for the coursework component. Otherwise, the workshop mark contributes 5% and the result for the written exam is more highly weighted.
Practical work (20% of the total course grade)
There are five practicals/experiments which are all compulsory and contribute equally to the practical component of your grade. For each laboratory practical, the student must obtain a satisfactory result in the preparatory work, attend the practical session and submit the logbook for assessment. The final grade for each practical will be a combination of the pre-lab quiz mark and the mark given for the submitted logbook. A practical catch-up session is held at the end of the teaching semester to allow students to catch up any missed practicals.
In – Semester Tests (10% of the total course grade)
Up to 4 tests will occur throughout the semester. Poor results in the tests can be partly replaced by a better performance in the final exam. This is achieved by varying the contribution of this task towards the total assessment to optimise the final result for each student.
The in-semester tests can contribute up to 20% to the final course grade if it improves the mark for the coursework component. Otherwise, the in-semester tests mark contributes 5% and the result for the written exam is more highly weighted.
Examination (60% of the total course grade)
The final examination will be based primarily on lecture/workshop material.
SubmissionSubmission of Assigned Work
Coversheets must be completed and attached to all submitted work. Coversheets can be obtained from the School Office (room G33 Physics) or from MyUNI. Work should be submitted via the assignment drop box at the School Office.
Extensions for Assessment Tasks
Extensions of deadlines for assessment tasks may be allowed for reasonable causes. Such situations would include compassionate and medical grounds of the severity that would justify the awarding of a supplementary examination. Evidence for the grounds must be provided when an extension is requested. Students are required to apply for an extension to the Course Coordinator before the assessment task is due. Extensions will not be provided on the grounds of poor prioritising of time. The assessment extension application form can be obtained from: http://www.sciences.adelaide.edu.au/current/
Late submission of assessments
If an extension is not applied for, or not granted then a penalty for late submission will apply. A penalty of 10% of the value of the assignment for each calendar day that the assignment is late (i.e. weekends count as 2 days), up to a maximum of 50% of the available marks will be applied. This means that an assignment that is 5 days late or more without an approved extension can only receive a maximum of 50% of the marks available for that assignment.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.
Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.
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