Physics 1A

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Physics 1A

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

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

    This course covers non-relativistic mechanics, wave motion and quantum mechanics, including kinematics and dynamics, fundamental conservation laws, rotational motion and oscillations, mechanical waves and an introduction to quantum physics.

    Course content
    PHYS 114 is designed for students who want a calculus-based university level introduction to physics. It serves as preparation for students wishing to carry on to PHYS 115 and beyond. The course includes lecture material that will introduce basic concepts as well as worked examples. Students will complete tutorial exercises and assignments to reinforce the key concepts. The course also includes an important laboratory component designed to emphasise the importance of experimental work in physics and to further convey the most important physics concepts. Topics covered will include: - Mechanics (including rotational mechanics) - Fluids - Oscillations - Waves.

    Course learning objectives
    Students who pass this course should be able to:

    • Identify and apply correct problem solving techniques to problems in classical mechanics, fluid dynamics, and wave mechanics.
    • Appreciate the role of calculus in physics, and use it in problem solving.
    • Demonstrate laboratory skills, such as familiarity with laboratory equipment, and accurate recording.
    • Identify the main sources of uncertainty in an experiment.

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