APHYS111-19A (HAM)

Physics in Context

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Paper Description

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This paper introduces various concepts in physics using contextual examples drawn from other sciences such as biology (e.g. photosynthesis), ocean science (e.g. ocean waves), geology (e.g. seismic effects) and chemistry (e.g. atomic effects). It is a Disciplinary Foundations paper for first year science and will provide opportunities for students to develop skills in scientific reading and information literacy, academic integrity, oral and written communication, numerical calculations and digital literacy. The paper consists of lecture/tutorial sessions with laboratory classes, four assignments (including an essay and an oral assignment), two tests and an exam. The laboratory sessions are drawn from the Investigative Science Learning Environment in which students are asked to formulate their own experiments to test their own hypotheses; such an approach has been proven to lead to student learning.

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Paper Structure

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This paper consists of lectures/tutorial sessions and laboratory sessions. Students will attend one laboratory session a week. Broadly speaking, the first lecture/tutorial session of the week will talk about the material for that week, the second will give opportunity for the students to practice that material through various questions, and the third will talk about the upcoming laboratory class.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Describe and explain everyday physics phenomena using terminology correctly, in both written and oral forms
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  • Undertake a laboratory experiment in physics; be able to make measurements, record and interpret results, reach an appropriate conclusion, and keep an accurate record of what was done.
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  • Distinguish between Observational, Testing and Application experiments
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  • Apply Newton's laws to calculate velocities, accelerations and forces in simple situations
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  • Analyze heat flow in simple situations
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  • Describe the relationships between pressure, temperature and volume of an ideal gas and calculate forces due to fluid pressure
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  • Calculate forces of interaction of charged particles with electric and magnetic fields
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  • Describe transverse and longitudinal waves in terms of amplitude, velocity, frequency and wavelength, giving examples of wave phenomena
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  • Describe the structure of matter in terms of atoms and subatomic particles
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  • Describe the basic structure of the universe and be able to briefly discuss the evidence for this
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 50:50. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 50% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 50:50 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 50% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Laboratories
20
  • In Class: In Lab
2. Assignment 1
15 Mar 2019
5:00 PM
5
  • Hand-in: Faculty Information (FG Link)
3. Assignment 2
29 Apr 2019
5:00 PM
5
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Assignment 3
17 May 2019
5:00 PM
5
  • Hand-in: Faculty Information (FG Link)
5. Assignment 4
28 May 2019
9:00 AM
5
  • Hand-in: In Lab
6. Test 1
3 Apr 2019
4:00 PM
5
  • Hand-in: In Lecture
7. Test 2
31 May 2019
12:00 PM
5
  • Hand-in: In Lecture
8. Exam
50
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Recommended Readings

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Hewitt, P. G. Conceptual Physics. 12th edition, Global edition. Pearson, 2015. This presents physics concepts without relying heavily on mathematics

Etkina, E., Gentile, M. J. and Van Heuvelen, A. College Physics, Pearson, 2012. This has a great presentation – built around the Investigative Science Learning Environment and works well with the laboratories – but its mathematical presentation is more than we expect of students for this paper

Serway, R. A. and Vuille, C. College Physics, 11th edition, Cengage, 2018. This book is comprehensive and informative but it does use maths that may be beyond the abilities of some students.

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Online Support

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There will be a Moodle page. All information will be posted there. Assignment 2 will be submitted through Moodle and processed with Turnitin.

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Workload

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Approximately 150 hours

  • Contact time: 3 hours per week lecture/tutorials (includes 2 tests in lecture time) = 36 hours
  • 3 hours per week in labs (10 weeks labs plus 1 week presentations) = 33 hours

Total 69 hours contact

Non-contact time:

  • Assignments 4 x 5 hours = 20 hours
  • Reading and lab preparation 3 hours per week = 36 hours
  • Preparation for tests and exam = 24 hours
  • Total 80 hours non-contact
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No prerequisites.

This paper is intended for students who are studying for a BSc who have not studied physics or mathematics at NCEA level 2 or 3 (beyond what is required for University Entrance) but wish to learn some physics to complement other subjects. It also will provide a route into the physics minor. Students who meet pre-requisites for other first year physics papers should think about enrolling in those.

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Restricted papers: PHYS100, PHYSC100

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