Physics 1 (Environmental and Life Science) (PHYS1004)


This unit of study has been designed specifically for students interested in further study in environmental and life sciences. The lecture series contains modules on the topics of properties of matter, electromagnetism, and radiation and its interactions with matter.

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Further unit of study information


Three 1-hour lectures, one 3-hour laboratory per week for 10 weeks and one 1-hour tutorial per week.


3-hour exam plus laboratories and assignments (100%).


College Physics: A Strategic Approach by Knight, Jones and Field, 3rd edition. Pearsons 2014. Course lab manual.

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Assumed knowledge

HSC Physics or PHYS1001 or PHYS1002 or PHYS1901 or equivalent. Students who have not completed HSC Physics (or equivalent) are strongly advised to take the Physics Bridging Course (offered in February).


PHYS1003 or PHYS1902

Additional Information

It is recommended that PHYS1001 or PHYS1002 or PHYS1901 be completed before this unit

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.