PHYS1221 Physics 1B


Semester 2:
Weeks 1-6:    Associate Professor Adam Micolich
Weeks 7-12:  Professor Richard Newbury

Summer Semester:
Weeks 1-4:   Professor Joe Wolfe
Weeks 5-8:   Associate Professor Clemens Ulrich


Fundamentals of Physics (Extended) 10th Edition, Halliday, Resnick & Walker, Pub. Wiley, ISBN: 9781118730232

Wiley website link to purchase any version of the textbook:

Physics Vol 1, Asia-Pacific Edition, R. Serway, J.Jewett, K. Wilson and K. Wilson, Pub. Cengage Learning, ISBN: 978-0170189309
Physics for Scientists and Engineers with Modern Physics, 8th Edition, Serway & Jewett, Pub. Thomson.

Course Coordinator: 

Dr Elizabeth Angstmann (First Year Director)

Course Description : 

This is the second of the two introductory courses in Physics. It is a calculus based course. The course is examined at two levels, with Physics 1A being the lower of the two levels.

The topics covered in PHYS1221 are:  Electricity and Magnetism: electrostatics, Gauss's law, electric potential, capacitance and dielectrics, magnetic fields and magnetism, Ampere's and Biot-Savart law, Faraday's law, induction and inductance. Physical Optics: light, interference, diffraction, gratings and spectra, polarization. Introductory quantum theory and the wave nature of matter. Introductory solid state and semiconductor physics: simple energy band picture.

The course syllabus is available here

Course Structure: 

6 hours per week:
3 x 1 hour lectures, 1 x 1 hour problem solving workshop, 1 x 2 hour laboratory period



Students MUST pass the final examination and attempt ALL laboratory exercises in order to pass the course.







End of Semester Final Examination






Semester(s) Offered: 

Semester 2
In UNSW3+ (2019) this course will be offered in Terms 1 and 3 (T1 & T3).


PHYS1121 or PHYS1131 or PHYS1141


MATH1231 or MATH1241

Additional Information: 

Laboratory Exemptions for Repeating Students:
If you are a repeating student you may apply for a laboratory exemption. Your previous lab grade will determine whether you qualify for a laboratory exemption; you need a mark of 15/20 or above.
To apply for laboratory exemption please complete and submit the form online: Lab Exemption form for the Repeating Students.

Associate Professor

Adam Micolich

Photo of Richard Newbury

Richard Newbury

Photo of Joe Wolfe

Joe Wolfe

Photo of Clemens Ulrich
Associate Professor

Clemens Ulrich