PHYSICS 1100ND - Physics IA

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2017

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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PHYSICS 1100ND
    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 Studies, Specialist Maths - in exceptional circumstances, 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
    Restrictions Available to students in BSc (LaserPhysTech), BSc (Space Science & Astrophysics) & B.Sc (HighPerfComputPhys)
    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 Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Andrew MacKinnon

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    A 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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1-8
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    2-8, 10
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    9-10
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    9-10
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Giancoli, D. C. (2008) Physics for Scientists and Engineers with Modern Physics, 4th edition (Pearson Prentice Hall).
    Online Learning
    MyUni: Teaching materials and course documentation will be posted on the MyUni website (http://myuni.adelaide.edu.au).
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    No information currently available.

    Workload

    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:

    Coursework Content

    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
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    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 5-10% 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 5-20% No 1 – 4, 10
    Written Examination Summative 50-70% 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.
    Assessment Detail
    Submission 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.
    Submission
    Submission 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.
    Course Grading

    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.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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