APHYS11122A (HAM)
Physics in Context
15 Points
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Paper Description
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.
Paper Structure
This paper consists of lectures/tutorial sessions and laboratory sessions. Students will attend one laboratory session a week. Broadly speaking, the first and second lectures of the week will present and discuss the material for that week, and the third will be a tutorial giving opportunities for the students to practice that material through various questions. In the third session we will also talk about the upcoming laboratory class.
Please refer to the detailed timetable of events on Moodle for a full description of what activities happen when.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:
Assessment
Assessment Components
The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 60:40. The final exam makes up 40% of the overall mark.
Required and Recommended Readings
Recommended Readings
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
Cutnell, J., Johnson, K., Young, D. and Stadler, S., Jnes, H., Collins, M., Daicopoulos, J. & Blankleider, B. Physics, First Australian and New Zealand Edition. Wiley, 2021. This is a new textbook that is comprehensive (covers everything except astrophysics) and has a moderately low mathematics level.
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.
Online Support
There will be a Moodle page. All information will be posted there. Assignment 2 will be submitted through Moodle and processed with Turnitin.
Workload
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
Noncontact 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 noncontact
Linkages to Other Papers
No prerequisites.
This paper is intended for students who are studying for a BSc who have not studied much or any 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.
Restriction(s)
Restricted papers: PHYS100, PHYSC100