Physics 1A (Advanced) (PHYS1901)


This unit of study is intended for students who have a strong background in Physics and an interest in studying more advanced topics. It proceeds faster than Physics 1 (Regular), covering further and more difficult material. The lecture series contains modules on the topics of mechanics, thermal physics, oscillations and waves and chaos. The laboratory work also provides an introduction to computational physics using chaos theory as the topic of study.

Further unit of study information


Three 1-hour lectures, one 3-hour laboratory per week for 9 weeks and one 1-hour tutorial per week.


3-hour exam plus laboratories, assignments and mid-semester tests (100%).


Young and Freedman. University Physics. 13th edition, with Mastering Physics. Addison-Wesley. 2012. Course lab manual.

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

HSC Physics result of 90% or more, or PHYS1902, or Distinction or better in (PHYS1003 or PHYS1004)

HSC Physics or PHYS1003 or PHYS1004 or PHYS1902


PHYS1001 or PHYS1002 or EDUH1017

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.