Physics 1A

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Physics 1A

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    There are no pre-requisites or prior assumed knowledge for this course but it is assumed that students are undertaking either 1051SCG Quantitative Reasoning OR 1201SCG Linear Algebra with this course. Incompatible: 1301BPS Physics 1A

    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    The course provides an introduction to classical physics, based on mechanics, waves, electricity and magnetism.

    Course Introduction
    This course aims to expose students to the power of physics for the understanding and control of natural phenomena, both at an empirical, experimental level and also at a deductive, theoretical and mathematical level. It further aims to use these insights to provide practical tools for analysis of problems in applied disciplines such as engineering, aviation and the sciences for students from a variety of educational backgrounds.

    Course Aims
    The aim of this course is to introduce students to the power of physics for the understanding and control of natural phenomena so that they can:

    • Explain physical phenomena at a deductive, theoretical and mathematical level
    • Relate that knowledge to empirical observations at the experimental level
    • Apply their knowledge of physics to provide practical tools for analysis of problems.

    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:

    1  Describe important physical science concepts (for example, Newtonian mechanics, rigid-body mechanics, elasticity, waves and electricity principles).
    2  Design and perform experiments and critically analyse the data received to support a theory or experimental objective.
    3  Apply mathematical techniques to the modelling and analysis of simple systems.
    4  Work as an effective team member to develop simple engineering projects.
    5  Use oral and written skills communication skills to relay engineering science concepts.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.