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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
2 hours to complete

Introduction and Basic Tools

This introductory section covers some basic tools you will need to solve some of the physics problems we will encounter later....
5 videos (Total 23 min), 2 readings, 6 quizzes
5 videos
Lesson 1.1: Introduction and Context3m
Lesson 1.2: Units and Significant Figures7m
Lesson 1.3: Vectors and Scalars4m
Lesson 1.4: Estimating5m
2 readings
Course structure and grading3m
Week 1 Study Aids10m
6 practice exercises
Start of course survey32m
Introduction and Context8m
Units and Significant Figures (Important skills in this course!)14m
Vectors and Scalars16m
Estimating10m
Week 1 Test22m
Week
2
1 hour to complete

Velocity and Acceleration

Here we introduce kinematics, in which we describe and quantify movement of objects through space over time. Motion is so important to mechanics (and most of physics) that we'll spend a few weeks establishing the tools and techniques we'll need. We'll leave explaining motion to the later weeks, starting with Newton's laws in week 4. Here we study the simplest case: motion in a straight line....
4 videos (Total 24 min), 1 reading, 5 quizzes
4 videos
Lesson 2.2: Acceleration7m
Lesson 2.3: Relating Velocity, Acceleration and Displacement2m
Lesson 2.4: Relative Motion5m
1 reading
Week 2 Study Aids10m
5 practice exercises
Graphing Displacement and Velocity4m
Acceleration14m
Relating Velocity, Acceleration and Displacement4m
Relative Motion4m
Week 2 Test12m
Week
3
4 hours to complete

Motion in Two Dimensions

Here we look at kinematics in two-dimensions – specifically, projectiles and objects in circular motion....
4 videos (Total 25 min), 1 reading, 6 quizzes
4 videos
Lesson 3.2: Combining Vertical and Horizontal Motion3m
Lesson 3.3: Trajectories and Range7m
Lesson 3.4: Uniform Circular Motion6m
1 reading
Week 3 Study Aids10m
5 practice exercises
Projectiles, Falling Vertically Under Gravity14m
Combining Vertical and Horizontal Motion14m
Trajectories and Range6m
Uniform Circular Motion4m
Week 3 Test18m
Week
4
2 hours to complete

Newton's Laws of Motion

After describing and quantifying motion (weeks 2 and 3), we now start explaining it with Newton's three laws of motion. Knowledge of Newton's laws and the ability to apply them to various situations will allow us to explain much of the motion we observe in the world around us. They are also very important for analysing things (like bridges) that don't move much (a subject called Statics that's important in some Engineering programs). Because Newton's laws are so important, week 4 has five lessons, as well as slightly longer quizzes than the previous chapters. ...
7 videos (Total 35 min), 1 reading, 6 quizzes
7 videos
Lesson 4.2: Inertial and Non-inertial Frames6m
Lesson 4.3: Newton's Third Law2m
Lesson 4.4: Calculating Total Force8m
Lesson 4.5: Practice Problems7m
Historical Interlude3m
The Syllogism1m
1 reading
Week 4 Study Aids10m
6 practice exercises
Newton's Laws of Motion12m
Inertial and Non-inertial Frames14m
Newton's Third Law12m
Calculating Total Force18m
Practice Problems6m
Week 4 Test26m
Week
5
1 hour to complete

Weight, Friction and Spring Forces

We return to the difference between weight and mass. We introduce Hooke's law for elastic deformations. We consider forces between objects in contact and (for convenience) resolve them into their normal and frictional components – and as usual give you some problems to solve....
4 videos (Total 23 min), 1 reading, 5 quizzes
4 videos
Lesson 5.2: Springs and Hooke's Law3m
Lesson 5.3: Normal and Frictional Forces6m
Lesson 5.4: Friction Problems4m
1 reading
Week 5 Study Aids10m
5 practice exercises
Weight versus Mass6m
Springs and Hooke's Law6m
Normal and Frictional Forces4m
Friction Problems4m
Week 5 Test26m
Week
6
4 hours to complete

Work, Energy and Power

In week 6 we explore work and energy, then power – the rate of doing work. We'll use work and Newton's second law to derive the quantity called kinetic energy. Looking at where work comes from, we'll distinguish two sorts of force – conservative and non-conservative. That will allow us to introduce potential energy and mechanical energy. Power is the rate of doing work. We'll spend some time relating these quantities and their units to your everyday experience, relating Joules to kilowatt hours (the unit used by electricity companies) and kilowatts to horsepower and to human power....
5 videos (Total 31 min), 1 reading, 7 quizzes
5 videos
Lesson 6.2: Work and Kinetic Energy6m
Lesson 6.3: Work and Potential Energy5m
Lesson 6.4: Energy Conservation5m
Lesson 6.5: Energy, Work and Power7m
1 reading
Week 6 Study Aids10m
6 practice exercises
What is Work?24m
Work and Kinetic Energy6m
Work and Potential Energy10m
Energy Conservation4m
Energy, Work and Power20m
Week 6 Test24m
Week
7
1 hour to complete

Momentum and Collisions

It’s time for some smashing fun! Once we've defined momentum we'll use momentum to analyse elastic and inelastic collisions. Stand by for hammers, skateboards, car crashes and a bed of nails…...
4 videos (Total 23 min), 1 reading, 5 quizzes
4 videos
Lesson 7.2: Impulse and More About Collisions6m
Lesson 7.3: Centre of Mass, Elastic and Inelastic Collisions5m
Lesson 7.4: Problems Involving Collisions6m
1 reading
Week 7 Study Aids10m
5 practice exercises
Momentum and Collisions8m
Impulse and More About Collisions4m
Centre of Mass, Elastic and Inelastic Collisions4m
Problems Involving Collisions6m
Week 7 Test18m
Week
8
3 hours to complete

Gravity

For as long as history – and probably much longer – people have stared at the planets and stars and wondered. Why do they shine? What keeps them moving? Why don't they fall down? So next is gravity – and how it runs the solar system, the galaxy and the universe. Escape speed, orbits, satellite manoeuvring, black holes: yes, all of the these. ...
5 videos (Total 41 min), 1 reading, 6 quizzes
5 videos
Lesson 8.2: g Varies with Latitude and Altitude; Gravitational Potential Energy9m
Lesson 8.3: Orbits11m
Lesson 8.4: Gravity and Other Forces7m
Another Historical Interlude4m
1 reading
Week 8 Study Aids10m
6 practice exercises
Gravity, Orbits, Planets, Stars...10m
g Varies with Latitude and Altitude; Gravitational Potential Energy10m
Orbits8m
Gravity and Other Forces8m
Week 8 Test20m
End of course survey14m
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By RVJul 21st 2016

Great course. Good explanations and examples. The quizes and tests are not very easy sometimes, but they do you let think again. Very enjoyable! Just the course I was looking for a long time!

By CSNov 28th 2016

Great course, great professor, great opportunity of learning! Don't miss your chance...

Instructors

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Prof. Joe Wolfe

Professor
School of Physics, Faculty of Science
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Dr Elizabeth J. Angstmann

First Year Physics Director
School of Physics, Faculty of Science
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Mr Sebastian Fricke

Teacher and laboratory manager
School of Physics, Faculty of Science

About UNSW Sydney (The University of New South Wales)

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