PHY1911 Physics Concepts 2
|Semester 2, 2013 External Toowoomba|
|Faculty or Section :||Faculty of Sciences|
|School or Department :||Biological & Physical Sciences|
|Version produced :||21 July 2014|
Examiner: Joanna Turner
Moderator: Alfio Parisi
Physics is about the natural laws governing our universe of matter, energy, space and time. Because physics deals with the fundamental laws of nature, it is a dynamic science helping us understand everything from the subatomic world of quarks to the behaviour of the universe as a whole, and from the momentary interactions of two atoms to the history of the cosmos. Physics teaches us that a small set of profound natural laws can be used to make sense of the complexities of the world around us. Physics is also the science underpinning much of our technology, and is embedded into the design of things we use every day. An understanding of physics can benefit professionals working in a wide range of careers. For example, science educators can explain natural phenomena to their students; engineers can learn the physical principles at work in technology; biomedical scientists can appreciate the physics underpinning everything from human movement to molecular interactions. Physics is literally universal in its application.
Physics is about the fundamental natural laws governing our universe. Taken as a whole, physics can be considered as the behaviour of just two fundamental quantities (space-time and mass-energy) in the presence of just four fundamental forces (gravitational, electromagnetic and strong and weak nuclear forces). Using physics, a small set of profound natural laws thus can be used to make sense of the complexities of the natural world, as well as the design and operation of our technology. Physics can be divided into different fields of study, with "classical physics" covering mechanics, acoustics, thermodynamics, electromagnetism and optics, and "modern physics" encompassing relativity and the quantum mechanics of light of matter. This course is called Physics Concepts 2 as it examines the conceptual basis of electromagnetism, optics and modern physics and is a companion course to Physics Concepts 1, which covers mechanics, acoustics and thermodynamics. In this course students are provided with an introduction to key concepts, and obtain practice with relevant problem solving and experiments.
On completion of this course students will be able to:
- Discuss key fundamental concepts in electromagnetism;
- Understand the physical basis of optics;
- Discuss key fundamental concepts in modern physics;
- Solve simple numerical problems in physics;
- Conduct and interpret basic physics experiments.
|4.||Problem-solving in physics||20.00|
Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed
ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/bookweb/subject.cgi?year=2013&sem=02&subject1=PHY1911)
Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/contact/)
Carter, B. D, Introductory / Study Book for PHY1911 Physics Concepts 2, USQ Publications, Toowoomba.
Wolfson, R 2012, Essential University Physics, 2nd edn, Benjamin Cummings, San Francisco.
(ISBN-10: 0805302964, ISBN-13: 9780805302967 http://www.pearsonhighered.com/educator/academic/product/0,3110,0805302964,00.html.)
Experiment Kit for PHY1911 Physics Concepts 2 (USQ Physics: Toowoomba).
Young & Freedman 2008, University Physics, 12th edn, Pearson Addison-Wesley, San Francisco.
(ISBN-10: 0-321-50130-6, ISBN-13: 978-0-321-50130-1 http://www.pearsonhighered.com/educator/academic/product/0,3110,080532187X,00.html.)
Relevant materials as listed on the course study desk.
Student workload requirements
|Computer Managed Assessment||24.00|
|Tutorial or Electronic Discussion||24.00|
|Description||Marks out of||Wtg (%)||Due Date||Notes|
|REPORT||20||20||27 Sep 2013|
|CMA||20||20||18 Oct 2013|
|2 HOUR RESTRICTED EXAM||60||60||End S2||(see note 1)|
- Examination dates will be available during the Semester. Please refer to the examination timetable when published.
Important assessment information
It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures and tutorials) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.
Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
To complete the CMA Test satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50% of the marks available for them. To complete the examination satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50% of the marks available for the examination.
Penalties for late submission of required work:
If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded. No assignments will be accepted after model answers have been posted.
Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.
Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.
Candidates are allowed access only to specific materials during a Restricted Examination. The only materials that candidates may use in the restricted examination for this course are: writing materials (non-electronic and free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination); calculators which cannot hold textual information (students must indicate on their examination paper the make and model of any calculator(s) they use during the examination).
Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.
University Student Policies:
Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.
The due date for assignments is the date by which a student must despatch an assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the students to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be produced within 48 hours if required by the Examiner.
Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide. http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing
Students will require access to e-mail and internet access to UConnect for this course.