PHYSC100-20A (HAM)

General Physics

15 Points

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Paper Description

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This 15pt paper is an introduction to the core ideas in physics, and only requires a basic knowledge of school mathematics or physics. Topics covered include kinematics, mechanics, fluids, electric and magnetic forces and fields, electric circuits, optics, modern physics and relativity.

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Paper Structure

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This paper consists of three lectures per week, one tutorial per week, and one 3-hour laboratory per week. Assignments can be found on moodle and will be submitted on alternate weeks starting from week 2 of Semester. The due date of each assignment is found on the assignment sheet.

Attendance at all laboratory sessions is mandatory. This includes the orientation lab which runs on Thursday in the first week of Semester A.

Important Note for International Students: For international students in New Zealand under student visas, regular attendance is part of their visa obligation and is checked as a requirement on the University under the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students, to which the University is a signatory. Staff are formally required to monitor attendance at / submission of compulsory assessment events/items and to report to the International Centre in the event that any problem with irregular attendance or non-submission is not resolved.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Give explanations of physics phenomena
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  • Solve numerical physics problems
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  • Perform, document and analyse experiments in the laboratory.
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  • Examine the agreement between theoretical predictions and experimental results.
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Assessment

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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. Assignments
10
  • Other:
2. Test 1
6 Apr 2020
6:30 PM
10
3. Test 2
27 May 2020
6:30 PM
10
4. Laboratories
20
  • Other:
5. 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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Kirkpatrick & Francis, Physics: A Conceptual World View (sixth or seventh edition), with Problem Solving Supplement.
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Other Resources

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All students will need a calculator for this paper. Programmable calculators will be cleared at the start of tests and exams.

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Online Support

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This paper has a Moodle page (http://elearn.waikato.ac.nz) where you will be able to access PDFs of lecture notes, assignments and tutorial sheets.

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Workload

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Per week: Seven contact hours per week plus on average three hours per week for assessment and independent study.

Total: 154 hours

82 hrs of lectures

12 hrs of tutorials

30 hrs of labs

30 hrs of self study

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Prerequisite(s)

Prerequisite papers: 14 credits at Level 2 in NCEA Mathematics or Physics, or a minimum of 8 credits at Level 3 in NCEA across Mathematics and/or Physics

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Restriction(s)

Restricted papers: PHYS100, APHYS111

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