PHYSC10023A (HAM)
General Physics
15 Points
Staff
Convenor(s)
Michael Cree
4301
DE.2.02
michael.cree@waikato.ac.nz

Lecturer(s)
Alista Fow
4164
EF.2.04
alista.fow@waikato.ac.nz

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What this paper is about
This paper covers fundamental concepts in physics that are applicable to many areas of engineering, science and technology.
Paper Description
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.
How this paper will be taught
This paper consists of three lectures per week, one tutorial per week, and one 3hour laboratory per week. Assignments can be found on moodle and will be assigned on alternate weeks starting from week 1 of Trimester. The due date for assignments are listed below.
Students should sign up for a weekly lab stream and a weekly tutorial session via Moodle. The laboratories do have a size limit so if you have other commitments you should register early.
Tutorials begin on Monday of the second week. In tutorials example problems will be run through and individual questions can be asked.
Laboratories begin in the first week of Trimester with the Orientation Lab at which you will be allocated a lab partner, learn some equipment skills, and cover health and safety issues.
Laboratory manual and workbook must be purchased from the Campus Print Shop.
Completing the laboratory component of the paper is mandatory. Students are expected to attend all laboratory sessions including the orientation lab in the first week of Semester A.
Required Readings
The recommended textbook is Kirkpatrick and Francis, Physics: A Conceptual Worldview. 6th or 7th edition with the accompanying Problem Solving for Physics: A Conceptual Worldview. The two can be purchased as a shrinkwrapped package at the book shop.
Copies of the text are also available in the library for reading and study.
You will need to have
The laboratory manual and workbook is required for laboratories and must be purchased at the Campus Print Shop.
The required calculator for tests and for the examination is a CASIO FX82 variant. These are not expensive and is the same calculator required by the Maths Department for Maths papers. We have a required calculator so that we know what capabilities it has, and in order to make tests and exams fairer. Calculators are for quick calculations only. For any serious mathematical work you should use a computer package running on decent hardware. Note well, that graphing and CAS calculators are not permitted in tests and exams.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:
Assessments
How you will be assessed
The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 50:50. The final exam makes up 50% of the overall mark.