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Principles of Physics (PEN152)

School School of Engineering and Information Technology
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Murdoch S2
Description This unit covers the principles of classical physics, which relate to engineering and metallurgy as well as physical, biological and health sciences. Content: motion in one and two dimensions, force, Newton's Laws, work, energy, momentum, non linear oscillatory and circular motion, hydrostatistics, flow rates, electricity, DC circuits, magnetism.
Unit Learning Outcomes This unit aims to
1. provide you with in-depth knowledge of the fundamentals of physics
2. enhance your problem solving and critical thinking skills
3. give you the opportunity to learn and practice the skills needed to design and perform experimental tests, acquire data, analyse that data, and communicate the significance of your results to others.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 3 hours per week; workshops: 2 hours per week; laboratories: 5 laboratories at 3 hours each.
Unit Learning Experiences The learning environment for Principles of Physics has been structured so that students who fully engage with the unit experience many and varied opportunities for learning. On-campus students can participate in interactive lectures, skills focused workshops and laboratory sessions. Off-campus students are encouraged to use the materials they find in the environment around them to complete their hands-on laboratory exercises. For all students there is a well-planned learning path mapped out by the unit website and supported by the unit guide, textbook, lectures, workshop activities, laboratory sessions and assessment. Links are continuously made between the academic content of the unit and its real-world applications to allow students to relate the academic content to their every-day lives.
Assessment Assessment in this unit is designed to facilitate student learning on a continual basis. There are 5 multiple choice tests during the workshops to help you consolidate your knowledge. Two assignments of a problem solving type will help you develop your problem solving skills and one assignment where you will write a scientific report based on a small proof-of-concept experiment which will help you develop your experimental design and communication skills. Laboratory write-ups can be finished during laboratory session while you have the support of the demonstrator. Self-tests on the unit website allow you to practice what you learn, without penalty. The final exam focuses on understanding and problem solving.
Prerequisites Concurrent enrolment in MAS182 Applied Mathematics or MAS161 Calculus and Matrix Algebra; plus a minimum C score (60% or more) in WACE ATAR Physics or a pass in PEN120 General Physics.
Exclusions Students may not enrol in this unit and PEC120/PEN120 General Physics concurrently. Students who have successfully completed PEC152 Principles of Physics may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Notes Students who have completed previous physics not listed in the prerequisites above should consult the Academic Chair for clarification of their enrolment.
Students who have completed previous mathematics not listed in the prerequisites above should consult the Academic Chair for clarification of their enrolment requirements.
Previously 2013: PEC152
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Chemistry (BSc) [New in 2014]
Chemistry Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
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
Appears in these Minors Physics
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.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Almantas Pivrikas
Academic Chair of Physics and Nanotechnology

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 7637
e: A.Pivrikas@murdoch.edu.au
o: 340.2.045 - Physical Sciences, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S1-External
MURDOCH: S1-Internal
MURDOCH: S2-External
MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Dr Almantas Pivrikas
Academic Chair of Physics and Nanotechnology

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 7637
e: A.Pivrikas@murdoch.edu.au
o: 340.2.045 - Physical Sciences, Murdoch Campus
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