Mechanics and Physics
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Level of study: What does Undergraduate Level 1 mean?
Undergraduate Level 1
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Availability: What is a Study period?For enrolment (2012):
- Domestic student fee:
- $1,039.00 (AUD)
- HECS student fee:
- $565.00 (AUD)
- International student fee:
- $1,264.00 (AUD)
The unit provides knowledge of statics and physics. The statics section includes vectors, particles, forces, moments and couples, equilibrium, simple trusses and loads, centroid and moment of inertia, hydrostatics, and friction. The physics component covers measurement principles and error analysis. It also covers electricity, circuit theory including Kirchhoff's rules, magnetism and electromagnetism. Waves and acoustics topics include sound intensity, reverberation, superposition, interference, and the Doppler Effect. Areas of modern physics including the Photoelectric effect and an introduction to solid-state physics and devices are included. The practical component develops skills in basic laboratory instrumentation, measurement practice, and computer-based data acquisition systems, while performing a selection of experiments in mechanics, optics and laser measurements, nuclear and radiation physics, and electronics.
You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:
- Audio/Visual equipment — Audio headset with microphone are required to access weekly consultation and help desk facilities.
- Broadband access — Recommended
- Some on campus attendance — On campus attendance at a practical workshop is required.
- Assessment — Practical work (20%)
- Invigilated Exam (60%)
- Quizzes — Online quizzes (20%)
At the completion of this unit students will be able to:
- apply the important laws, principles and theories covered in the syllabus to simple problems related to engineering
- develop scientific writing and presentation skills such that they can describe clearly in writing and discuss orally, the laws, principles and theories covered in the syllabus
- competently operate specified equipment including basic diagnostic electronics, computer based data acquisition systems and specialty apparatus
- demonstrate a grasp of the underlying principles of operation of the experimental apparatus
- accurately perform related computations and apply logical physical arguments in the solution of practical problems with a basic appreciation of experimental errors
- efficiently produce detailed scientific reports.
This unit addresses the following topics.
|1||Introduction to measurements and vectors|
|2||Fundamentals of mechanics, force and rectangular resultants|
|3||Moment, couple moment and equivalent force system and simple distributed force|
|4||Supports and reactions, free - body diagram and static equilibrium|
|5||Centroid, moment of inertia and friction|
|6||Structure analysis, method of joints and method of sections, and zero force member|
|7||Introduction to electrostatics; Coulomb's Law, electric field, electric potential energy and electric circuits: capacitance, electric current|
|8||EMF, resistance, energy and power, Kirchhoff's laws|
|9||Introduction to magnetism; force and fields, production of magnetic fields, magnetic materials and electromagnetism|
|10||Self - inductance, RL circuits|
|11||Waves & acoustics; SHM, mass?spring system, energy and power in SHM, sinusoidal waves, sound waves, pressure, intensity, sound intensity level|
|12||Modern physics; radiation, photons, photoelectric effect, Bohr model, photons and electromagnetic waves, uncertainty principle, QM tunnelling|
This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:
- Audio/Video conferencing
- Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
- Embedded Multimedia
- Interactive Games
- Online Quizzes/Tests
- Online assignment submission
- Podcasting/Lecture capture
- Standard Media
- Streaming Multimedia
- Web links
Print based materials
- Welcome Letter
Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.
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This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:
This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:
- Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
- In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Unibooks textbook list.
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