Physics 1

University of Melbourne

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Physics 1

  • Host University

    University of Melbourne

  • Location

    Melbourne, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Physics

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    PHYC10002 Physics 2: Advanced

    PHYC10004 Physics2: Physical Science & Technology

    PHYC10006 Physics 2: Life Sciences & Environment

    AND

    MAST10014 Foundation Mathematics 1

    MAST10015 Foundation Mathematics 2

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Lower

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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

    12.5
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This subject is designed for students with a sound background in physics, and aims to provide a strong understanding of a broad range of physics principles.
    Topics include:

    • Mechanics: describing and explaining translational and rotational motion, for example in the contexts of human and animal movement and transport (Newton’s laws of motion, both translational and rotational; energy transfer and transformation; momentum and impulse; simple harmonic motion, equilibrium).
    • Waves and sound: water waves; seismic waves; production and detection of sound, eg. musical instruments, hearing; ultrasound (reflection and refraction, superposition, resonance, energy transport, absorption, Doppler effect).
    • Optics: optical imaging, sensors and optical instruments, human vision, crystallography (dispersion, lenses and mirrors, interference, diffraction, polarisation).
    • Gravitation: weightlessness, planetary and satellite orbits, escape velocity (universal gravity, Kepler’s laws).
    • Special relativity: particle accelerators, the ‘twin paradox’ (Einstein’s modification of Newtonian physics, relativity of time and space, equivalence of mass and energy).
    • Vector notation, and differential and integral calculus, are used wherever appropriate.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.