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PHSI132 Fundamentals of Physics II

Paper Description

This is the second semester paper of our introductory calculus-based first-year physics sequence. PHSI131 and PHSI132 are the standard entry courses to university level physics. Our goal is for you to learn to approach, solve, and understand a wide variety of physics problems on both qualitative and quantitative levels, and to relate “classroom physics” to the real world we live in. We emphasize conceptual understanding along with problem-solving skills. The paper covers the physics underlying modern techonolgy, including the foundations of electromagnetism.

This course is suited to students with a good working knowledge of high school physics (NCEA level 3). A good knowledge of calculus, trigonometry and algebra is also assumed, and we recommend that students take MATH 160 and 170 concurrently with PHSI 131 and PHSI 132.

The course contains both laboratory and workshop sessions. They are designed to introduce students to experimental methods and advanced problem solving skills. The laboratory sessions and workshops occur in the same time slot in alternate weeks. 

Assessment:

Laboratories 15%
Assignments 15%
Workshops 15%
Lecture Participation 5%
Final Exam 50%

Important information about assessment for PHSI132

Course Director:
Dr Mikkel Andersen

Course Coordinator:
Paul Yates

Lecturers And Teaching Staff:
Dr Mikkel Andersen
Associate Professor Niels Kjærgaard
Professor Pat Langhorne
Dr Inga Smith
Paul Yates
Paul Muir

After completing this paper students will:
  1. Know the fundamental physical principles in the key topics of the paper: electromagnetism, optical properties of matter and thermal processes
  2. Apply the principles to understand modern technologies and predict the outcome of real-world physical phenomena
  3. Use the physical principles, in conjunction with calculus, to solve quantitative problems in the topic areas
  4. Present a solution to a physics problem and be able to assess whether a solution is physically reasonable

Lecture Topics

Topic Number of Lectures
Electromagnetism and electronic circuits 27
Optics 10
Matter and Thermodynamics 12

Laboratory Topics

Topic
Electric Fields and Electric Potential
Properties of Light
Images and Optical Instruments
Electrical Measurements
Bernoulli's Law And The Continuity Equation
Thermometry

This is a textbook-based course and text is Physics for Scientists and Engineers with Modern Physics by Randall D. Knight (4th Edition).

 


Formal University Information

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Details

The physics of modern technology. Foundations of electromagnetism and electronic circuits, applications of geometrical and wave optics, properties of materials, and thermal physics.

PHSI 132 Fundamentals of Physics II is the second semester of our introductory, calculus-based, first-year physics. Our goal is for you to learn to approach, solve and understand a wide variety of physics problems on both qualitative and quantitative levels and to relate "classroom physics" to the real world we live in. We emphasise conceptual understanding along with problem-solving skills.

Paper title Fundamentals of Physics II
Paper code PHSI132
Subject Physics
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,018.05
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,320.00

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Schedule C
Science
Notes
It is recommended that students enrolling for PHSI 132 have a background in NCEA Level 3 Physics and Mathematics (or equivalent).
Eligibility
This paper is suited to students with a good working knowledge of secondary-education-level physics (NCEA level 3). A good knowledge of trigonometry and algebra is also assumed, and we recommend that students take MATH 160 and 170 concurrently with PHSI 131 and PHSI 132.
Contact
paul.yates@otago.ac.nz
mikkel.andersen@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator: Dr Mikkel Andersen
Associate Professor Niels Kjaergaard
Dr Ashton Bradley
Dr Inga Smith
Textbooks
Physics for Scientists and Engineers with Modern Physics by Randall D. Knight (4th Edition).
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
After completing this paper a student will:
  1. Know the fundamental physical principles in the key topics of the paper: electromagnetism, optics, properties of matter and thermodynamics
  2. Apply the principles to understand modern technologies and predict the outcome of real-world physical phenomena
  3. Use the physical principles, in conjunction with calculus, to solve quantitative problems in the topic areas
  4. Present a solution to a physics problem and be able to assess whether a solution is physically reasonable

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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Monday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
Tuesday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
Wednesday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41

Practical

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
P1 Tuesday 14:00-16:50 29-34, 36-41
P2 Wednesday 14:00-16:50 29-34, 36-41
P3 Thursday 14:00-16:50 29-34, 36-41
P4 Thursday 18:00-20:50 29-34, 36-41
P5 Friday 14:00-16:50 29-34, 36-41

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
U1 Friday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41

The physics of modern technology. Foundations of electromagnetism and electronic circuits, applications of geometrical and wave optics, properties of materials, and thermal physics.

PHSI 132 Fundamentals of Physics II is the second semester of our introductory, calculus-based, first-year physics. Our goal is for you to learn to approach, solve and understand a wide variety of physics problems on both qualitative and quantitative levels and to relate "classroom physics" to the real world we live in. We emphasise conceptual understanding along with problem-solving skills.

Paper title Fundamentals of Physics II
Paper code PHSI132
Subject Physics
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,038.45
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,492.80

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Schedule C
Science
Notes
It is recommended that students enrolling for PHSI 132 have a background in NCEA Level 3 Physics and Mathematics (or equivalent).
Eligibility
This paper is suited to students with a good working knowledge of secondary-education-level physics (NCEA level 3). A good knowledge of trigonometry and algebra is also assumed, and we recommend that students take MATH 160 and 170 concurrently with PHSI 131 and PHSI 132.
Contact
Course Director: mikkel.andersen@otago.ac.nz
Course Co-ordinator: paul.yates@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Dr Mikkel Andersen
Associate Professor Niels Kjærgaard
Professor Pat Langhorne
Dr Inga Smith
Paul Yates
Paul Muir
Textbooks
Physics for Scientists and Engineers with Modern Physics by Randall D. Knight (4th Edition).
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
After completing this paper a student will:
  1. Know the fundamental physical principles in the key topics of the paper: electromagnetism, optics, properties of matter and thermodynamics
  2. Apply the principles to understand modern technologies and predict the outcome of real-world physical phenomena
  3. Use the physical principles, in conjunction with calculus, to solve quantitative problems in the topic areas
  4. Present a solution to a physics problem and be able to assess whether a solution is physically reasonable

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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Monday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
Tuesday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
Wednesday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41

Practical

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
P1 Tuesday 14:00-16:50 29-34, 36-41
P2 Wednesday 14:00-16:50 29-34, 36-41
P3 Thursday 14:00-16:50 29-34, 36-41
P4 Thursday 18:00-20:50 29-34, 36-41
P5 Friday 14:00-16:50 29-34, 36-41

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
U1 Friday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41