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This course provides an introduction to Physics. It is a calculus based course. The course is examined at two levels, with Higher Physics 1A being the higher of the two levels. While the same content is covered as Physics 1A, Higher Physics 1A features more advanced assessment.

Mechanics: particle kinematics in one dimension, motion in two and three dimensions, particle dynamics, work and energy, momentum and collisions, rotation

Thermal physics: temperature, kinetic theory and the ideal gas, heat and the first law of thermodynamics.

Waves: oscillations, wave motion, sound waves.

Assumed Knowledge : HSC Physics and Mathematics Extension 1 or equivalent. If you have not reached this level of physics and mathematics you may wish to take PHYS1111 Fundamentals of Physics before enrolling in this course. Students planning on taking Physics 1B should take MATH1131/1141/1151 as the corequisite for PHYS1131.

Study Level


Offering Terms

Term 1, Term 2, Term 3



Indicative contact hours


Conditions for Enrolment

Corequisite: MATH1131 or DPST1013 or MATH1141 or MATH1151 or MATH1011

Course Outline

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Pre-2019 Handbook Editions

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