FOUND011-22C (HAM)

Foundations of Physics

15 Points

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: judith.bogle@waikato.ac.nz
: jane.kamal@waikato.ac.nz

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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 that require a physics background, especially Engineering. 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. 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, online activities and laboratory/tutorial sessions. The LSL.1.02 lab will be used for the laboratory and tutorial sessions. There will be an online Moodle platform for Foundations of Physics and you are expected to check it regularly for extra course information and news, and do the online Tutorial Quizzes.

Physics itself is part of a larger community called STEM which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. As part of your studies in Foundations of Physics you are automatically included in the STEM community. Strong links will be fostered with the Schools of Science and Engineering and the Schools of Computing and Mathematical Sciences. You will participate in the STEM Transition activities run through the Academic Essentials paper.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • apply concepts of Physics to explain real world situations;
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  • solve Physics problems conceptually and mathematically;
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  • demonstrate skills in Physics laboratory work including writing comprehensive lab reports;
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  • work independently and collaboratively with others in the study of Physics.
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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, online Tutorial quizzes, and STEM activity.

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 (1%)
• Processing and interpreting (2%)
• Discussion and Conclusion (2%)

All experiment reports are to be typed using Word, and submitted through Moodle on the due dates given below. All reports are to have attached a signed data sheet (signed by your teacher on the day of the experiment). Graphs are preferably plotted using Microsoft Excel or other graphing programmes and inserted into the lab report where appropriate. Graphs can also be hand-drawn using graph paper (C051Y). 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 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
2 Dec 2022
11:30 PM
5
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. STEM Activity
9 Dec 2022
11:30 PM
5
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Experiment 2
16 Dec 2022
11:30 PM
5
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Test 1
13 Jan 2023
1:00 PM
20
  • In Class: In Lecture
5. Experiment 3
27 Jan 2023
11:30 PM
5
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
6. Experiment 4
10 Feb 2023
11:30 PM
5
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
7. Test 2
17 Feb 2023
9:00 AM
25
  • In Class: In Lecture
8. Research Assignment
19 Feb 2023
11:30 PM
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
9. Tutorial Quizzes
20
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
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: 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:

Moodle is the online space for students to connect with each other as well as with teaching staff outside of the face-to-face classes. Students will use the site to ask teachers questions, participate in online discussions, and complete selected learning activities. You can also find assessment instructions, submit your completed assessments, access feedback, and keep track of your grades there.

To access Moodle, sign into your university login and click on the “Moodle” link. Moodle will be your main source of information for the course.

Panopto:

Lectures will be recorded and the links to these recordings will be available on the Moodle page for this paper. The aim of recording classes is to aid in the further study and understanding of content, and as a revision tool. Class recordings do not replace attendance.

Studiosity:

Studiosity is an online tutoring service for students at the University of Waikato. It’s accessible via Moodle and offers personalised, live, online help from trained experts in two ways:

  • Writing Feedback: upload your work to get help with academic writing and literacy (such as structure, grammar and referencing). Available 24/7, you will receive your feedback in less than 24 hours.

Connect Live: chat with a subject specialist to get help with academic writing and literacy, study skills, maths, economics, accounting or statistics. Available 5.00pm – 2.00am Sunday to Friday.
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Workload

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This is a 15-point paper. This means you are expected to dedicate 150 learning hours in total to this paper (10 hours per point). Learning hours are a combination of direct contact hours with teachers in lectures and tutorials and self-directed hours spent studying, doing assignments and preparing for tests.

Contact HoursSelf-directed HoursTotal Hours

46

104

150

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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 also related to New Zealand high school physics NCEA Level 2 and Level 3.
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Restricted papers: CAFS011

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