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PHY1104 Physics 1

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Mathematics, Physics & Computing
Student contribution band : Band 2
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 20 May 2022


Co-requisite: (MAT1102 or ENM2600) or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MSCN or GDSI or GCSC


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 1 as it examines the conceptual basis of mechanics, acoustics and thermodynamics, and is a companion course to Physics 2, which covers electromagnetism, optics and modern physics. In this course students are provided with a comprehensive introduction to key concepts for physical science students, and obtain practice with relevant calculus based problem solving and experiments.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2022 On-campus Toowoomba
Semester 1, 2022 Online
Date printed 20 May 2022