Junior Physics (Physics 1)


The Junior Physics units of study are designed to give students from all backgrounds a stimulating introduction to the discipline of physics. They are equally valuable as a self-contained introductory study of physics for students who are intending to major in other disciplines, and as a solid foundation for further study, possibly leading to a major or minor in physics.

The is Dr Helen Johnston.

For general enquiries, contact , Room 210, ground floor, Physics Building or phone +61 2 9351 3037.

Students in Junior Workshop Tutorial

There are nine different semester length units of study in Physics offered at the Junior level. The Semester 1 units of study are designed to cater for students with different physics backgrounds.The Semester 2 units of study are distinguished not only by students' background but on the basis of areas of interest and relevance to their intended degree path. In addition there are Astronomy and Computational Science units, and other units for students from other faculties.

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Physics textbooks

The Physics textbook for PHYS 1001 and 1901 in Semester 1, and PHYS 1003 and 1902 in Semester 2, is University Physics by Young and Freedman (14th edition).

The Physics textbook for PHYS 1002 in Semester 1 and PHYS 1004 in Semester 2 is College Physics 2nd edition by Knight, Jones and Field.

The Physics textbook for PHYS 1500 Astronomy in Semester 2 is The Cosmic Perspective by Bennett, Donahue, et al. (6th edition).

Swapping Physics textbooks

Some students will need to change their physics text book in moving from their Semester 1 physics unit to a new unit in Semester 2 - swapping between University Physics by Young and Freedman and College Physics by Knight, Jones and Field. The School of Physics will help you avoid the need to buy a second physics text for the year by facilitating the swapping of books between students in the first two weeks of semester.

Lecture Notes, Lab Manuals and Assignments

Material related to each Unit of Study is available to enrolled students through the LMS. Access requires a Unikey username and password that is issued with your confirmation of enrolment. Enrolled units of study will appear on your LMS site in the first week of semester.

Laboratory Manuals for all Junior Physics units should be available from the Co-op Bookshop by the first week of semester. You will need the appropriate Laboratory Manual for your first lab session in the second week of semester.

Students in all Junior Physics units use MasteringPhysics, with its own username and password. To gain access to this system you need an Access Code. The best way to get this code is with the purchase of a new textbook (it comes shrink-wrapped at no extra cost). Other options are listed in the unit of study outlines for your course.

Students in all PHYS 1500 Astronomy use MasteringAstronomy, with similar access requirements to MasteringPhysics

Help with Physics — Duty Tutors

Duty tutors are available to help you with problems with physics course material. Check your unit of study outline for details.

More details of all aspects of Junior Physics can be found in the Junior Physics Handbook, which can be downloaded here in PDF format, or is available from , Room 210, ground floor, Physics Building.

Special Consideration and Special Arrangements

While studying at the University, you may need to apply for special consideration or special arrangements as follows:

Special consideration may be granted to students where well-attested illness, injury or misadventure occurs to them (or someone they have carer's responsibility for) during semester or the exam period.

Special arrangements may be granted for essential community commitments.

You should not submit an application of any type if:

  • there is no assessment associated with a missed class, or
  • you have a reasonable opportunity to make up any work you missed.

Further information on eligibility, document requirements and how to apply is available at the Special Consideration site. Applications must be made using the University's formal application process.