CLASSES for ALL first year physics courses, Term 1, 2014
For the courses PHYS0001, PHYS1111, PHYS1149, PHYS1121 and PHYS1131 and PHYS1141:
Every student takes a 2 hour laboratory class each week at the time slot chosen on enrolment.
For PHYS1121, PHYS1131 and PHYS11411
During Week 1 of session you should watch the safety induction on your Moodle course and complete the Quiz. You need to score 11/12 on the Quiz to obtain access to the Laboratory Prework.
PHYS0001, PHYS1111 laboratory classes start in Week 3.
go to the First Year Physics Laboratory, Room LG01, on the
Lower Ground Floor of the Old Main Building, at the time
given on your timetable.
- Laboratory Exemption 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. A form for this request can be collected from outside the First Year Physics Laboratory, or can be downloaded from here: Lab Exemption form for the Repeating Students/(pdf version). Please complete the form and email to firstname.lastname@example.org or return to the laboratory staff before 10 February 2014 .
It is an expectation that you will spend the time you would have otherwise spent in lab studying physics. To keep your lab exempt status you need to show the Teaching Assistant (in Room LG02, OMB) physics problems that you have been working on at least three times during the session. The Teaching Assistant will have a record of your details. This does not exempt you from the WebAssign quizzes.
manuals are needed for all classes, and can be purchased
from UNSW bookshop or can be downloaded from Moodle/Blackbord. You can collect your HOMEWORK PROBLEMS booklet from the First Year Physics Laboratory once you have obtained the laboratory manual from UNSW bookshop (after you purchase the Laboratory Manual take this to the First Year Physics Laboratory, Rm LG01, Lower Ground Floor, Old Main Building, where you may pick up the Physics Homework Problems booklet).
you have problems with your laboratory and problem solving class times please see
Ranji Balalla, First Year Physics Teaching Unit, Room LG03,
Old Main Building.
- UNSW TV
Hands on Physics
- Laboratory Safety Induction
Watch Laboratory Safety Introduction video before you start your first laboratory session (you may be able to download this video). If you want to watch the video on UNSW TV please use the link below.
- Laboratory Introduction
Watch Laboratory Safety Introduction video on UNSW TV.
- Laboratory Experiments - Videos for PHYS1111, PHYS0001, PHYS1149: available on your Moodle course.
- Laboratory Experiments - Videos for PHYS1121 Physics 1A and PHYS1131 Higher Physics 1A:
Introductory Experimentation (UNSW TV), Introductory Experimentation (download)
Equilibrium of Rigid Bodies
Cart on an Inclined Plane
Collisions and Car Crashing
Linear Oscillatory Motion
Specific and Latent Heat
Standing Wave on a String
Ideal Gas Law
- Laboratory Experiments - Videos for PHYS1221 Physics 1B and PHYS1231 Higher Physics 1B:
Electric Charge: Coulomb's Law
Electrostatic Field Plotting
Magnetic Fields and The "Slinky" Coil
The Photoelectric Effect
Interference in Thin Films and Spectra of Different Light Sources