PHY453 - Physics

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Last revision date 2019-01-17 14:59:52.933
Last review date 2019-01-17 14:59:52.933

Subject Title

Subject Description
An introductory course in the study of Physics. Its purpose is to expand on the fundamental concepts of physics underlying the studies of biology and chemistry.

Credit Status
CLT - Semester 3
BTR - Semester 4
CHY - Semester 4
CLP - Semester 5

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Describe typical optical apparatus (such as a microscope) using ray-diagrams.
  2. Interpret graphs of velocity/time and distance/time quantitatively.
  3. Convert between systems of units.
  4. Calculate voltage, current, resistance and power in simple circuits.
  5. Describe the principle characteristics of electro-magnetic radiation.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Execute mathematical operations accurately.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Academic Integrity
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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
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