PHYS1131 Higher Physics 1A


Terms 1 and 2:

Online lectures

Term 3:

Weeks 1-5:       Oleg Tretiakov
Weeks 7-10:     Chris Tinney



Fundamentals of Physics (Extended) 11th ANZ Edition, Halliday, Resnick & Walker, Pub. Wiley, ISBN: 9781119561774

Wiley website link to purchase any version of the textbook: Halliday 11E ANZ edition -purchasing link

Physics Vol 1, Asia-Pacific Edition, R. Serway, J.Jewett, K. Wilson and K. Wilson, Pub. Cengage Learning, ISBN: 978-0170189309
Physics for Scientists and Engineers with Modern Physics, 8th Edition, Serway & Jewett, Pub. Thomson.

Course Coordinator: 

A. Prof. Elizabeth Angstmann (First Year Director)

Course Description : 

This course provides an introduction to Physics. It is a calculus based course. The course is examined at two levels, with Higher Physics 1A being the higher of the two levels. While the same content is covered as Physics 1A, Higher Physics 1A features more advanced assessment.
Mechanics: particle kinematics in one dimension, motion in two and three dimensions, particle dynamics, work and energy, momentum and collisions. 
Thermal physics: temperature, kinetic theory and the ideal gas, heat and the first law of thermodynamics.
Waves: oscillations, wave motion, sound waves.

Assumed Knowledge: HSC Physics and Mathematics Extension 1 or equivalent. If you have not reached this level of physics and mathematics you may wish to take PHYS1111 Fundamentals of Physics before enrolling in this course.

The syllabus of the course is available here

Course Structure: 

8 hours per week:
2 x 2 hour lectures, 1 x 2 hour problem solving workshop, 1 x 2 hour laboratory period






Quizzes (Moodle quizzes 10% + 2 invigilated quizzes 10% each)


End of Semester Final Examination






TERM(S) Offered: 

Terms 1, 2 and 3


MATH1131 or MATH1141 or MATH1151 or MATH1011

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Associate Professor

Elizabeth Angstmann

Associate Professor

Rajib Rahman

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Chris Tinney

Senior Lecturer

Oleg A. Tretiakov