Lectures (attend all):
Lecture 1: Thursday 9am-10am, C5C Collaborative Forum
Lecture 2: Friday 12pm-1pm, E6A 102 Theatrette
Lecture 3: Friday 4pm-5pm, E7B 100 Theatrette
Tutorials (register for one):
Friday 11am-12pm, X5B 136 Tutorial Room
Friday 1pm-2pm, C5C 238 Tutorial Room
Friday 1pm-2pm, E3A 166 Tutorial Room
Practical Laboratories (register for one):
Monday 9am-12pm, E7B 114
Monday 1pm-4pm, E7B 114
Monday 5pm-8pm, E7B 114
Tuesday 9am-12pm, E7B 114
Tuesday 2pm-5pm, E7B 114
Wednesday 9am-12pm, E7B 114
Thursday 2pm-5pm in Weeks 8, 9, 10 : E7B 114
NB: Required laboratory introduction sessions and tutorials with a practice quiz will occur in Week 1. Full laboratories and tutorials with marked quizzes will commence in the week 2 of the semester. You must complete the Week 1 laboratory introduction before you will be allowed to attend any further labs.
Required and Recommended Texts and/or Materials
Matter and Interactions by Ruth Chabay and Bruce Sherwood.
Either Volume 1 (Paperback) or the combined Volume (hardbound). Note that Volume 2 will be the required text for PHYS 106 in semester 2.
The PHYS107 Laboratory Notes will be available online using iLearn before the laboratory sessions begin in the first week of the semester.
More information on the required text as well as additional resource material can be found at http://www.matterandinteractions.org/
There are also other high quality learning resources on the web which we would recommend to you to use in your studies. The HyperPhysics site hosted by the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Georgia State University is widely acclaimed and used. The site also has mathematics learning resources on the maths used in physics.
http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/hframe.html (Mechanics, and, Electricity & Magnetism).
Increasingly there are excellent web-based interactive simulations available – some are in the on-line resources that support the textbook. We encourage you to conduct your own web searches for others, and to develop your own critical judgment of which sites provide high quality resources that assist your learning. Two that we recommend to you are:
• http://www.explorelearning.com/ The Explorelearning Gizmos: follow links to Grade 9-12, Physics, Motion and Force; and Electricity & Magnetism. You will have to register to use this site.
• http://phet.colorado.edu/simulations/index.php?cat=Featured_Sims The University of Colorado, Boulder, Physics Education Technology (PhET) Simulations: follow the links to Motion; Energy, Work & Power; and Electricity, Magnets and Circuits. This site also contains maths resources, for example vector addition.
Technology Used and Required
Unit Web Page
The web page for this unit can be accessed via the PHYS107 iLearn page.
Please check this web page regularly for material available for downloading.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
This unit is taught through lectures and tutorials and through undertaking laboratory experiments and a special exposition activity. We strongly encourage students to attend lectures because they provide a much more interactive and effective learning experience than simply reading a text book. The lecturer is able to interpret the physics that you will be learning, showing you the relationships between different components/concepts and emphasising the key physics principles involved. Questions during and outside lectures are strongly encouraged in this unit - please do not be afraid to ask, as it is likely that your classmates will also want to know the answer. You should aim to read the relevant sections of the textbook before and after lectures and discuss the content with classmates and lecturers.
This unit includes a compulsory experimental component. The experiments are stand-alone investigations and may include topics not covered by the lecture content of this course. They are an important part of the learning for this unit and the skills learned are essential for a well-rounded physics graduate.
You should aim to spend an average of 3 hours per week understanding the material and working on the tutorial problems and the assignments. You may wish to discuss your tutorial and assignment problems with other students, the tutors and the lecturers, but you are required to be able to show your own work (see the note on plagiarism). Tutorials and assignments are provided as one of the key learning activities for this unit, they are not there just for assessment. It is by applying knowledge learned from lectures and textbooks to solve problems that you are best able to test and develop your skills and understanding of the material.