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Bridging Physics

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Paper Description

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The aim of this paper is to study physics in preparation for the first year University degree courses, especially in Engineering, that require a physics background. You may also choose to study this paper out of interest, wanting to know some of the basic principles that underlie the physical world and the universe. The paper includes topics in Mechanics, Waves, Electricity and Magnetism, and Atomic/Nuclear Physics. As far as possible, the learning of the physics concepts is supported by a wide range of experiments and demonstrations.
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Paper Structure

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The paper is taught through lectures, tutorials and laboratory sessions. The lab in the Large Scale Lab (LSL) building will be used for the laboratory and tutorial sessions. There will be an online Moodle platform for Bridging Physics and you are expected to check it regularly for extra course information and news, as well as to read up the subject content before attending the lessons in class.

Physics itself is part of a larger community called The STEM Academy (STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). As part of your studies in Bridging Physics you are automatically included in the Pathways STEM Academy community and are expected to be involved in the STEM Academy activities held regularly on Tuesdays at 2 pm in J.B.07. Strong links will be fostered with the Faculty of Science and Engineering and the Faculty of Computing and Mathematical Sciences. 5% of your overall grade for Bridging Physics is from participation in the STEM Academy.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • access, read and comprehend written introductory physics text in print and online.
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  • develop a good understanding of the basic concepts of physics.
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  • expand their vocabulary related to physics.
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  • explain physics concepts in words both verbally and in writing.
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  • relate physics concepts to real world situations.
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  • solve physical problems conceptually and mathematically.
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  • develop skills in laboratory work and in the recording and analysis of results.
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  • write comprehensive laboratory reports for their experiments.
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  • work collaboratively on a team project.
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  • become independent self-directed learners.
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Assessment

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Assessment Methods:

A variety of assessment methods is used - Tests, Laboratory reports, Research seminar presentation (group) and essay, tutorial quizzes, and STEM activity/Moodle assignment..

Practical Work Assessment:
Students will be given a week from the day of the experiment to write up a scientific report on their practical work. An overall percentage mark of 5.0% will be generated for each experiment as follows:

• Information gathering (2 marks)
• Processing and interpreting (5 marks)
• Discussion and Conclusion (3 marks)

All written experiment reports are to be done on A4 size refill paper and handed in to the teacher on the due dates given below. All reports are to have a signed results sheet (signed by your teacher on the day of the experiment) and graph paper (C051Y) is to be used as required. Any report without the signed sheet will result in a mark of zero. Any evidence of copying the work of another student will result in a disciplinary action for all students concerned.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Experiment 1
24 Jul 2019
4:30 PM
5
  • Hand-in: Department Office
  • Hand-in: In Lab
2. Experiment 2
7 Aug 2019
4:30 PM
5
  • Hand-in: Department Office
  • Hand-in: In Lab
3. Test 1
16 Aug 2019
No set time
25
  • Hand-in: In Lecture
4. Experiment 3
11 Sep 2019
4:30 PM
5
  • Hand-in: Department Office
  • Hand-in: In Lab
5. Experiment 4
25 Sep 2019
4:30 PM
5
  • Hand-in: Department Office
  • Hand-in: In Lab
6. Tutorial Quizzes (throughout semester)
9 Oct 2019
No set time
10
  • Hand-in: In Tutorial
7. STEM/Moodle participation
11 Oct 2019
No set time
5
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
8. Research Assignment
14 Oct 2019
4:30 PM
10
  • Hand-in: Department Office
  • Hand-in: In Lecture
9. Test 2
16 Oct 2019
No set time
30
  • Hand-in: In Lecture
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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Required Readings

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Set Texts (to buy):
Bendall, Pauline (2018 or latest), NCEA Level 3 Physics, ESA Publications (NZ) Ltd., NZ
Rutter, Chris (2018 or latest), Year 13 Physics Course Manual, ABA Books Ltd, Hamilton, NZ
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Recommended Readings

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Recommended Reference (need not buy):
Wolfson, Richard (2007 or latest), Essential University Physics (Vol. 1 and 2) Central Library Level 1 QC21.3.W65 2007
Kirkpatrick, Larry & Wheeler, Gerald (2001 or latest), Physics: a world view, Central Library Level 3 QC23.K46.2001
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Other Resources

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Online resources such as The Physics Lounge; Viren Lectures; Khan Academy; Studyit; nobraintoosmall and many other websites (links given in Moodle).
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Online Support

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Moodle is used to support learning in this paper. Moodle will also be used as a resource providing links to additional reading and videos clips to support the topics studied on a weekly basis. Flipped classroom method of teaching used in this paper requires students to access the videos and other links provided in Moodle to make their own notes on the topics before coming to their lessons. Moodle also serves as an important means of communication between all students and their teacher.
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Workload

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This paper is divided into three main sections:

Mechanics and Waves
The aim of this section is to develop an understanding of the physical phenomena, concepts and principles involved in translational, circular, rotational, oscillatory and wave motion. The experiments and demonstrations help to exemplify these ideas.

Electricity and Electromagnetism
The aim of this section is to develop an understanding of the physical phenomena, concepts and principles involved in electricity and electromagnetism. This study is complemented with a range of experiments and demonstrations.

Atomic/Nuclear Physics
The aim of this section is to create an opportunity to understand the historical and conceptual development of the ideas and principles of modern physics. It is a self-directed study in a group involving literature research into one area of atomic/nuclear physics.

The teaching for this paper is 4 hours per week. This will include lectures, tutorials, and practical work in the Physics laboratory. It is very important that all students participate in the experiments and write up their reports so that they can be successful in this course. Apart from laboratory work, the course will also include watching videos and making notes before lessons (flipped classroom), tutorial quizzes, two tests, a research assignment, and discussions using Moodle (online). Students are also part of the STEM Academy and are expected to participate in the STEM activities regularly on Tuesdays from 2 pm to 3 pm. There will be facilitated study groups organised and a STEM assignment/module worth 5% of the overall grade for Bridging Physics.

Students will attend 4 hours of classes per week and another hour for the STEM Academy. Averaged over the course, they should spend another 7 hours per week on preparation for lessons, exercises, laboratory reports, assignments, online work and revising for tests. You are expected to do 150 hours of study in total for this paper. Students are advised to read about the topics before they are discussed in the lectures. This will make the lectures easier to follow and understand. The course outline and Moodle will guide you on what topics are covered each week. Please note that attendance for all classes and laboratory sessions is essential for a good grade in this paper.
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Linkages to Other Papers

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This paper is a service paper for students wanting to study for degrees in Engineering and Science. The teacher is in close communication with the undergraduate lecturers to ensure the relevance of this paper as a background for degree level study. This paper is related to New Zealand high school physics NCEA Level 2 and Level 3.
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Restricted papers: CAFS011

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