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PHSI131 Fundamentals of Physics I

This is the first semester paper of a two-semester 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. We cover the development of physical law from Newton to Einstein, and the physics of the real world including applications of physical principles to a technological society.

This course is suited to students with a good working knowledge of high school physics (NCEA level 3). A good knowledge of trigonometry, calculus, and algebra is assumed, and we recommend that students take MATH 160 & 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 PHSI131

Course Director:
Dr Mikkel Andersen

Course Coordinator:
Paul Yates

Lecturers And Teaching Staff:
Professor Blair Blakie
Professor Pat Langhorne
Professor David Hutchinson
Dr Terry Scott
Paul Yates
Paul Muir

Students completing this paper will:
  1. Know the basic physical laws in the key topics of the paper: Newtonian classical mechanics, wave mechanics, and basic quantum mechanics
  2. Apply the physical laws to understand modern technologies and predict the outcome of real-world physical phenomena
  3. Use 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
Mechanics 24
Waves and Oscillations 8
Relativity 4
Modern Physics 12

Laboratory Topics

Topic
Computer-Aided Modeling
Motion
Sound and Acoustical Resonance
Force and Equilibrium
Hydrogen Spectrum
Photoelectric Effect

This is a textbook-based course and text is Physics for Scientists and Engineers: Foundations and Connections, Extended Version with Modern Physics. by Deborah M. Katz.

 


Formal University Information

The following information is from the University’s corporate web site.

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Details

The development of physical law from Newton to the revolutionary ideas of quantum physics formulated by Planck, Schrödinger, Heisenberg, Bohr and Einstein. The physics of the real world: motion, energy and its transfer, and an introduction to the quantum mechanical nature of light and matter. Applications of the principles of physics to a technological society.

PHSI 131 Fundamentals of Physics I is the first semester of a two-semester, introductory, calculus-based sequence. 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 I
Paper code PHSI131
Subject Physics
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,059.15
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,627.65

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Restriction
PHSI 191, PHSI 110
Schedule C
Science
Notes
(i) It is recommended that students enrolling for PHSI 131 have a background in NCEA Level 3 Physics and Mathematics (or equivalent). (ii) Students with excellent results in NCEA Level 3 Physics (or equivalent) are advised to contact the departmental course adviser about substituting PHSI 243 or ELEC 253 for PHSI 131.
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 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
Professor Blair Blakie
Professor Pat Langhorne
Professor David Hutchinson
Dr Terry Scott
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
Students completing this paper will:
  1. Know the basic physical laws in the key topics of the paper: Newtonian classical mechanics, wave mechanics, and introduction to the quantum mechanical nature of light and matter
  2. Apply the physical laws to understand modern technologies and predict the outcome of real-world physical phenomena
  3. Use 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

First Semester

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

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Tuesday 11:00-11:50 9-16, 18-22
Wednesday 11:00-11:50 9-16, 18-22
Thursday 11:00-11:50 9-16, 18-22
Friday 11:00-11:50 9-15, 18-22

Practical

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
P1 Tuesday 14:00-16:50 10-16, 18-22
P2 Wednesday 14:00-16:50 10-16, 18-22
P3 Thursday 14:00-16:50 10-16, 18-22
P4 Thursday 18:00-20:50 10-16, 18-22
P5 Friday 14:00-16:50 10-15, 18-22

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
U1 Monday 11:00-11:50 10-15, 18-22

The development of physical law from Newton to the revolutionary ideas of quantum physics formulated by Planck, Schrödinger, Heisenberg, Bohr and Einstein. The physics of the real world: motion, energy and its transfer, and an introduction to the quantum mechanical nature of light and matter. Applications of the principles of physics to a technological society.

PHSI 131 Fundamentals of Physics I is the first semester of a two-semester, introductory, calculus-based sequence. 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 I
Paper code PHSI131
Subject Physics
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2020 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Restriction
PHSI 110, 191
Schedule C
Science
Notes
(i) It is recommended that students enrolling for PHSI 131 have a background in NCEA Level 3 Physics and Mathematics (or equivalent). (ii) Students with excellent results in NCEA Level 3 Physics (or equivalent) are advised to contact the departmental course adviser about substituting PHSI 243 or ELEC 253 for PHSI 131.
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 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

Professor Blair Blakie
Associate Professor Mikkel Andersen
Professor David Hutchinson
Dr Terry Scott
Paul Yates
Paul Muir

Textbooks

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.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students completing this paper will:
  1. Know the basic physical laws in the key topics of the paper: Newtonian classical mechanics, wave mechanics, and introduction to the quantum mechanical nature of light and matter
  2. Apply the physical laws to understand modern technologies and predict the outcome of real-world physical phenomena
  3. Use 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

First Semester

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

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Tuesday 11:00-11:50 9-15, 17-22
Wednesday 11:00-11:50 9-15, 17-22
Thursday 11:00-11:50 9-15, 17-22
Friday 11:00-11:50 9-14, 17-22

Practical

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
P1 Tuesday 14:00-16:50 10-15, 17-22
P2 Wednesday 14:00-16:50 10-15, 17-22
P3 Thursday 14:00-16:50 10-15, 17-22
P4 Thursday 18:00-20:50 10-15, 17-22
P5 Friday 14:00-16:50 10-14, 17-22

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
U1 Monday 11:00-11:50 10-15, 17, 19-22
U2 Monday 13:00-13:50 10-15, 17, 19-22