PHYS1110 Everyday Physics


Term 1:   A/Professor Sarah Martell
Term 2:   Dr. Kate Jackson
Term 3:   TBA


PHYS1111, 1121, 1131, 1141, 1149, 1221, 1231 and 1241

Course Coordinator: 

A/Professor Elizabeth Angstmann, First Year Director

Course Description : 

This is a fully online course that looks at everyday applications of physics. No prior physics knowledge is required. The course will look at the physics behind several everyday phenomena (eg. speed cameras, stars and streetlights). Physics topics addressed in this course include thermodynamics, properties of fluids, basic mechanics, electricity and magnetism, waves, nuclear physics, quantum physics, optics and astronomy. Basic experimental methods will be covered through simulations and simple experiments that can be conducted at home. The course will make use of Physclips. The course would form a good basic physics knowledge for students studying life sciences, medicine and business and for those planning to sit the Gamsat exam. This is a quantitative course using algebra and trigonometry but not calculus.

The Term 3, 2019 course outline can be found here. This includes the assesment schedule and syllabus.

Note on enrollment you select the time to sit your fortnightly quizzes. These can be taken from anywhere.


4 investigations worth 7.5% each = 30%

5 online quizzes worth 8% each = 40% (these run each fortnight, you have half an hour to complete each one. You will chose the time to sit the quiz during enrollment.)

Peer review activity based on draft of final report = 10%

Final report = 20%

TERM(S) Offered: 

This course will be offered in Terms 1, 2 and 3.

Photo of Sarah Martell
Scientia Associate Professor

Sarah Martell

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Kate Jackson

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Associate Professor

Elizabeth Angstmann