Physics: A Bridging Course

Physics: A Bridging Course is designed for students who are about to take Physics for the first time, need to refresh their knowledge after a break from study, or who have tried Physics and found it difficult.

The purpose of the course is not to cover the entire HSC Physics syllabus, but instead to provide a good general introduction to the subject so that students can understand the lecture and laboratory material from the beginning of the year. It is not about the coverage of content but rather the development of skills.

Course Objectives

  • To become familiar with problem solving techniques.
  • To start to learn to think in the way a physics student needs to.
  • To cover some basic content from mechanics and other preliminary topics in physics.

How to Enrol

Enrol online with the Faculty of Science.

Topics covered

  • Measurement and Units
  • Motion along a straight line
  • Vectors and Motion in 2 and 3 dimensions
  • Force and Motion
  • Work and Energy
  • Conservation of Energy
  • Systems of Particles
  • Collisions
  • Oscillations

Course Delivery

The course comprises lectures and tutorials to consolidate the information presented. A typical day consists of a 1.5 hour lecture followed by a 2.5 hour tutorial in both the morning and the afternoon. There is a 1 hour lunch break during the middle of the day.

Lectures are interactive with participation in large classroom activities. The tutorials are group based where you examine what you have learnt by practising problems and exploring demonstrations more closely.

Times: 9:30am - 4:30pm
Dates: 17 February - 25 March 2014
Fee: $385

Full details available at the Faculty of Science website.

Course Notes and Textbooks

Most of the material covered in the lectures and tutorial will be included in course notes and an exercise book, however a suitable text book may also prove useful. The text book may contain more detailed information not provided in the course notes.


PHYS1001 Regular, PHYS1003 Technological, PHYS1901 and PHYS1902 Advanced — University Physics (13th edition, with Modern Physics) by Young and Freedman.

PHYS1002 Fundamental and PHYS1004 Environmental — College Physics by Knight, Jones and Field. (Depending on your choice of units, the textbook you need may be different in first and second semesters. We will facilitate exchange of textbooks between students to ensure you only need buy one textbook for the year.)

Course convenor

Tom Gordon
phone: 02 9351 3201