Principles of Physics
Unlock the principles and power of classical physics relating to engineering, metallurgy and physical, biological and health sciences. Explore energy forces, momentum and magnetism. Survey the dimensions of linear, oscillating and circular motion.
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- 28 Feb 2022
- 29 Aug 2022
- 28 Nov 2022
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At the completion of this subject students will have:
- in-depth knowledge of the fundamentals of physics
- enhanced problem solving and critical thinking skills
- design and perform experimental tests, acquire data, analyse that data, and communicate the significance of your results to others.
- Kinematics and Dynamics Conservation Principles Equilibrium Collisions and impulse
- The relationships between Linear and angular variables
- Moment of inertia and torque Period, frequency and angular frequency of rotating bodies
- Centre of mass Damping, forcing and resonance in vibrating bodies
- Transverse and longitudinal waves
- Travelling sinusoidal waves and the wave equation
- Superposition in waves
- Applications of basic physical concepts
- Electrostatics and DC Circuits
You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:
You must either have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject, or enrol in the following subject(s) to study at the same time or prior to this subject:
- MUR-MAS120-Applied Mathematics
- MON-MAT14 (Not currently available)
A final scaled score of 60% or more in WACE Physics 3A/3B or equivalent background education if a student has not completed pre-requisite SCI16 General Physics.
No additional requirements
This subject covers the principles of classical physics, which relate to engineering and metallurgy as well as physical, biological and health sciences. Content will include: motion in one and two dimensions, force, Newton's Laws, work, energy, momentum, non linear oscillatory and circular motion, hydrostatistics, flow rates, electricity, DC circuits, magnetism.
Please Note: All students studying at Murdoch University will need to complete the compulsory unit, Murdoch Academic Passport (MAP100), which only takes 2-3 hours to complete online. Find out more: http://goto.murdoch.edu.au/MurdochAcademicPassport.
Assessment in this subject is designed to facilitate student learning on a continual basis. There are 5 multiple choice tests to help students consolidate their knowledge. Two assignments of a problem solving type help students develop their problem solving skills and one assignment where students write a scientific report based on a small proof-of-concept experiment, develops their experimental design and communication skills. Self-tests on the unit website allow students to practice what they learn, without penalty. The final exam focuses on understanding and problem solving. Students can do more than the minimum amount of work to get a better understanding of the material by working through the questions and problems at the end of each chapter in the textbook.
- Assignment (18%)
- Workshops and Test (12%)
- Laboratory Reports (10%)
- Scientific Report (10%)
- Open book timed online exam (50%)
Current study term: 28 Nov 21 to 27 Feb 22
Principles Of Physics: A Calculus-Based Text
Raymond A. Serway and John W. Je
A Dictionary of Physics
Next study term: 27 Feb 22 to 29 May 22
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