PHYS1149 Physics 1A (Aviation)


Term 1:

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



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: 

Dr Krystyna Wilk, First Year Physics Laboratory Director,

Course Description : 

This is an introductory level course on physics for students in Aviation.
The course will cover the methods of Physics, including the folowing topics: the description of motion; forces and momentum; the dynamics of particles; kinetic and potential energy; the conservation of energy; temperature and thermal equilibrium; specific and latent heat; thermal energy; fluids and fluid flow; oscillations and simple harmonic motion; waves, wave reflection, refraction and interference; the wave nature of light; electric fields and charge; electric potential and energy; electric currents; magnetism; electromagnetic induction and Faraday’s law; early quantum theory and models of the atom; nuclear physics and radioactivity; nuclear energy.

Assumed Knowledge:  There is no Assumed Knowledge for this course.

The syallabus is available here

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 period


Students MUST complete each assessment component of the course, including final examall laboratory experiments (including pre-lab quizzes) and WileyPLUS quizzes in order to finish the course.



Laboratory (experiments and online prelab quizzes)


WileyPLUS Quizzes


End of Semester Final Examination





TERM(S) Offered: 

In 2020 this course will be offered in Term 1 (T1).

Additional Information: 

No laboratory exemptions for repeating students. 

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Michael Ashley

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Senior Lecturer

Maria Cunningham

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Senior Lecturer

Krystyna Wilk

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