PHYS1111 Fundamentals of Physics


Term 1:
Weeks 1-5    Professor Michael Ashley
Weeks 5-9    Dr. Maria Cunningham

Term 3:
Weeks 1-5    Professor John Webb
Weeks 5-9    Michael de la Pena



Physics: 11th Edition, Cutnell & Johnson (Wiley), Australia Custom Edition, ISBN: 978-1-119-56179-8

Wiley website link to purchase the recommended textbook:



Course Coordinator: 

A/Prof Elizabeth Angstmann


Course Description : 

The course introduces basic physics principles and applications of these ideas in the real world. No prior physics knowledge is required. The course covers  basic kinematics, mechanics, thermal physics, properties of fluids, waves, basic optics, electricity, magnetism, elctromagnetism, quantum theory and nuclear physics. This is a quantitative course using algebra and trigonometry but not calculus. The course has fully online preparation for laboratory experiments. The course syllabus is available here. This is an introductory level course in physics for students from all disciplines. It also serves as a suitable introduction to physics for students whose program requires them to take PHYS1121 or PHYS1131 but who do not have the recommended level of assumed knowledge for these courses.


Course Structure: 

8.5 hours per week:
2 x 2 hour lectures; 1 x 2 hour Problem Solving Class; 1 x 2.5 hour laboratory

In term 3 2020 lectures and tutorial material will be presented online, there will be three face-to-face experiments (online option available) and four at home experiments.





Laboratory (experiments and online pre-lab quizzes)




End of Semester Final Examination






TERM(S) Offered: 

Terms 1 and 3
In 2020 this course will be offered in Terms 1 and 3 (T1 & T3).

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Michael Ashley

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Senior Lecturer

Maria Cunningham

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John Webb

Michael de la Pena