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PHSI132 Fundamentals of Physics II

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 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,141.35
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Schedule C
It is recommended that students enrolling for PHSI132 have a background in NCEA Level 3 Physics and Mathematics (or equivalent).

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 130 and 140 concurrently with PHSI 131 and PHSI 132.

Course Director:
Course Co-ordinator:
Teaching staff

Associate Professor Niels Kjærgaard
Associate Professor Colin Fox
Dr Annika Seppala
Dr Inga Smith
Paul Yates
Paul Muir


Required: Katz, Deborah M. Physics for Scientists and Engineers: Foundations and Connections, Extended Version with Modern Physics.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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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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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 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


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Tuesday 14:00-16:50 29-34, 36-41
A2 Tuesday 18:00-20:50 29-34, 36-41
A3 Wednesday 14:00-16:50 29-34, 36-41
A4 Thursday 14:00-16:50 29-34, 36-41
A5 Thursday 18:00-20:50 29-34, 36-41
A6 Friday 14:00-16:50 29-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Friday 11:00-11:50 29-34, 36-41