General Information Important instructions and study materials are hosted on the iLearn webpage for the unit as are all announcements. You will find it at http://ilearn.mq.edu.au Please refer to it frequently!
Asking for help
A number of people can assist students while they undertake PHYS1520. For any inquiry please use this e-mail address: PHYS1520@mq.edu.au instead of using people's personal e-mails. This will ensure that the best answer to your question is obtained.
Unit textbook. The textbook for most of this unit is "Fundamentals of Physics" by Halliday. Resnick and Walker,11th edition. It is essential that you obtain a copy (digital or physical) of this textbook (10th edition is sufficient) as we will be following it closely and you will find it an invaluable resource. This is the same textbook that you used for PHYS1510. Print versions or digital options are available through https://www.wileydirect.com.au/buy/fundamentals-of-physics-11th-australia-new-zealand-edition
The Library has an unlimited license to Fundamentals Of Physics Extended 10th Edition. Access the book online from the library by using multisearch, or look for the link on iLearn.
The second textbook that you will find useful for the portion of this unit that delves into Electric Circuits is Introduction to Electric Circuits by Dorf and Svoboda The text book will also be a useful resource for further Engineering study in Electronics, Electrical, and Mechatronics Engineering..
Students can purchase the e-text from here: https://www.wiley.com/en-au/Dorf%27s+Introduction+to+Electric+Circuits%2C+Global+Edition-p-9781119456162
Technology: Audio recordings and copies of slides from lectures will be available on iLearn.
The use of calculators in the laboratory classes, when completing quizzes, in the in-session exam and in the final examination for this unit is usually necessary. In accordance with the Science & Engineering Faculty's policy, calculators with a full alphabet on the keyboard are not allowed in the quizzes, or the final examination. Personal electronic devices such as smartphones, tablets, or laptops will be used for self-assessment quizzes and other learning enhancement classroom activities.
Lectures, SGTA tutorials, and Lab classes
This unit consists of three different formal types of activity:
In lectures, new material is presented, discussed and illustrated by examples and demonstrations. Lectures are an important part of studying physics, where the lecturers seek to explain the concepts from several points of view, point out and explain the most important aspects of the material and, very importantly, illustrate the relationships and connections between the different concepts that are studied in PHYS1520 – no subject in physics stands on its own. This semester, lectures will be delivered online, and may be recordings from previous semesters due to Covid-19 constraints.
2) SGTA - TUTORIALS
These classes are where you will consolidate and apply the concepts and methods taught in lectures, to solving problems. There will be a mix of activities such as demonstrations, informal quizzes and presentations, solving tutorial questions, and past exam questions. Tutorials form an important learning component of PHYS1520,
Attending and participating in SGTA activities is a required part of the unit, and students who do not attend and participate for the full duration of most (at least ten) SGTAs risk failing the unit, Attendance will be recorded. Students are expected to prepare for each SGTA by attending or listening to the lectures. It is further recommended to read relevant portions of the textbook and attempt the tutorial problems before class.
3) LABORATORY SESSIONS
The laboratory component is an essential component of your studies and so counts for an appreciable fraction of your final assessment. You will be introduced to some of the basic skills and techniques required of practicing physicists, scientists and engineers. You will be issued with a Laboratory Notebook, provided with instructional material in the form of Laboratory Notes which can be found in the Laboratory Resources section of iLearn, and assisted in the laboratory by a team of demonstrators. For each laboratory session, except the first (Introductory) one, you are required to complete some preparatory work (Pre-Lab) before attending your nominated Lab session. To figure out which Prelab to do, please consult the Laboratory Schedule on iLearn.
Location: There are two laboratories used for 1st year physics they are both in 14 SCO (formerly E7B):
Room 114 (Ground floor at the North-East corner of building)
Room 254 (First floor, north-facing side of the atrium)
Please check iLearn to see where your lab class will take place.
Laboratory Safety: You are required to follow all safety guidelines given in the first Lab session, your lab notes, and the lab staff. Food and drink cannot be consumed in the lab, and students without suitable covered footwear will be refused admission.