Advanced Physics 1

University of Newcastle

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Advanced Physics 1

  • Host University

    University of Newcastle

  • Location

    Newcastle, Australia

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Assumed Knowledge

    2 Unit Mathematics with a result in Bands 5 or 6 and Physics

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

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


    Physics underpins most aspects of modern engineering, technology, and medicine; developments in physics often drive social change. Knowledge of physics is therefore vital to understanding the world around us. Physics is needed to make new materials, monitor our environment, put satellites into orbit, harness energy, determine the strength of structures, take scans of the human body, develop faster computers, etc. The course is calculus based and covers topics from mechanics and kinematics, wave mechanics, nuclear physics, particle physics, cosmology, and thermal physics.

    Learning Outcomes

    1. To enable students to acquire knowledge of the basic principles of physics

    2. To teach students how to apply their knowledge of physics to practical everyday situations

    3. To assist students to develop their analytic and problem solving skills

    4. To enhance student's laboratory and computing skills

    5. To develop student's written and communication skills


    A calculus based physics course aimed at students who have completed HSC Physics and Mathematics.

    Mechanics and Kinematics - Motion in one and two dimensions, Circular Motion, Newton's Laws of Motion, Work and Energy, Momentum and Collisions, rotational mechanics.

    Wave Mechanics - Oscillators, Simple Harmonic Motion, Damping and Resonance, Introduction to Acoustics

    Nuclear Physics - Nuclear Structure and Properties, Binding Energy and Nuclear Forces, Radioactive Decay, Nuclear Reactions, Nuclear Fission and Fusion, Radiation Damage and Dosimetry

    Particle Physics and Cosmology - Fundamental Forces, Antiparticles, Feynman Diagrams, Classifying Particles, Conservation Laws, Strange Particles and Strangeness, Models for Quarks, Big-bang, Expansion of Universe, Hubble Constant, Dark Matter, Microwave Background, Latest Models.

    Thermal - Heat, Internal Energy, Specific Heat, Heat Transfer, Second Low, Entropy, Heat Processes.

    Assessment Items

    Quiz: Class Quizzes

    Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Laboratory Reports

    Quiz: Online Quizzes

    Formal Examination: Final Examination

    Compulsory Requirements

    In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

    General Course Requirements:

    Laboratory: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions. - In order to participate in this course students must complete a compulsory safety induction.

    Contact Hours


    Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 8 Weeks

    An additional one hour introductory lab session

    Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

    Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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.