PHYSC10022A (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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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.
Paper Structure
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 Semester. The due date of each assignment is found on moodle.
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.
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 nonsubmission is not resolved.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:
Assessment
Assessment Components
The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 50:50. The final exam makes up 50% of the overall mark.
Required and Recommended Readings
Recommended Readings
Other Resources
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.
Online Support
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.
Workload
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
Linkages to Other Papers
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
Restriction(s)
Restricted papers: PHYS100, APHYS111