Principles of Physics - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3 , SP4
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP3 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assignment (28%) , Invigilated Exam (50%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 1,131.00
HECS 1,131.00
International 1,381.00

This unit covers the principles of classical physics, which relate to engineering and metallurgy as well as physical, biological and health sciences. Content will include: linear and circular motion, vectors, dynamics of mass and weight, friction, motion in resistive fluids (terminal velocities), energy and energy transfer, conservative and non-conservative forces, potential and forces, momentum and its conservation, collisions, calculations of centres of mass, rotational kinematics, torque and vector products, angular momentum, universal gravitation and planetary motion, fluid pressure, buoyancy, Bernoulli's equation, oscillatory motion, mechanical waves, waves and the wave equation, harmonics and musical instruments, electricity and magnetism, electric field calculations, electric potential and charge distribution, capacitance, dielectric materials, DC circuits, electric power, RC circuits, magnetic fields, forces on a moving charge, cyclotrons and synchrotrons.

At the completion of this unit students will have:

  1. a working knowledge of the fundamentals of physics
  2. enhanced problem solving skills
  3. been encouraged in critical thinking in the subject areas
  4. an ability to define and explain some fundamental concepts in physics, and apply those concepts to solving problems.
  • Assignment (28%)
  • Invigilated Exam (50%)
  • LabAssignment — Laboratory Reports (10%)
  • Test — Workshops and Test (12%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Recommended prerequisites

You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

A final scaled score of 60% or more in secondary year 12 Physics (3A/3B in Australia) or pass in SCI16. A final scaled score of 55% or more in secondary year 12 Calculus Mathematics or pass in MAS120.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Linear and circular motion
2Energy and momentum
4Electric and magnetic fields
5Oscillatory motion and waves

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Printable format materials

This unit is not currently a requirement for any courses, but may be eligible for credit.

  1. 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.
  2. 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 Co-Op textbook list.

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.

Click on the titles of the listed books below to find out more:

Required textbooks

  • Principles Of Physics: A Calculus-based Text

    By:Raymond A. Serway & John W. Je

    ISBN: 9781133104261


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