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General Physics (PEN120)

Organisational Unit Chemistry and Physics
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Murdoch S2
Description This is an introductory physics unit, designed to provide a basis for further studies in the physical sciences. It covers a range of topics including measurement, motion, waves, light, thermal energy, electric and magnetic fields. This unit does not require knowledge of calculus. Applications and examples are drawn from the biological, environmental, medical and physical sciences.
Unit Learning Outcomes 1. Describe the behaviour of matter using the laws and models of physics
2. Solve problems in physics that do not require knowledge of calculus.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 x 2 hours per week; tutorials/laboratories: 1 x 2 hours per week; optional Peer Assisted Study Session (PASS): 1 hour per week.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is through the use of interactive lectures, tutorials and laboratory sessions. Students are encouraged to look at the underlying physics and how it applies to the world around them. This unit makes full use of the LMS with copies of all lecture materials, supplementary videos, demonstrations and notes available on the unit website. Students are encouraged to augment the timetabled learning activities (lectures, tutorials etc) with discussions on the unit website. The laboratory activities are designed to complement the topics and materials discussed in the lectures and unit materials. The laboratory activities also provide practical experience in laboratory procedure, data collection, data processing and critical analysis.
Assessment This unit uses a range of assessment types which align with the unit learning outcomes. These comprise of problem solving and short answer assignments which allows students to demonstrate they can solve problems in physics that do not require knowledge of calculus. These questions will often combine different topics within the unit. Communication and investigation of scientific concepts, specifically the fundamental physics covered in this unit, are demonstrated within the laboratory component. These involve conducting experiments and producing well written reports. The behaviour of matter using the laws and models of physics is demonstrated with the tutorials. The mandatory exam at the end also comprises problem solving questions covering the entire unit. Passing the exam is required to pass the unit.
Prerequisites Mathematics 3C/3D or MAS164 Fundamentals of Mathematics are strongly recommended. MAS164 Fundamentals of Mathematics may be taken concurrently.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed PEC/PEN152 Principles of Physics or OSCI16/PEC/PEN120 General Physics or M150 Physics 1A and M151 Physics 1B may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Previously 2013: PEC120
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Chemistry (BSc) [New in 2014]
Chemistry Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Engineering Technology (BSc) [New in 2014]
Mineral Science (BSc) [New in 2014]
Physics and Nanotechnology (BSc) [New in 2014]
Physics Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering Honours (BE(Hons)) [New in 2015]
Electrical Power Engineering Honours (BE(Hons)) [New in 2015]
Environmental Engineering Honours (BE(Hons)) [New in 2015]
Industrial Computer Systems Engineering Honours (BE(Hons)) [New in 2015]
Instrumentation and Control Engineering Honours (BE(Hons)) [New in 2015]
Renewable Energy Engineering Honours (BE(Hons)) [New in 2015]
Appears in these Co-Majors Chemistry Minor Teaching Area
Physics Minor Teaching Area
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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