Faculty of ScienceSchool of Physics
PHYS1902: Physics 1B (Advanced)Semester 2, 2017 | 6 Credit Points | Coordinator: Dr Helen Johnston (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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PHYS 1902 is the second part of the broad 3-semester overview of physics at Advanced Junior and Intermediate levels commenced in PHYS 1901. Together with either PHYS 1901 and 12 credit points of Junior Mathematics, PHYS 1902 provides the necessary background knowledge and practice of scientific skills for students who wish to enrol in Advanced Intermediate units of study in physics, in the environmental, medical and life sciences, or in engineering.
It is assumed that students have an ATAR of at least 85 or HSC Physics result in Band 6, or PHYS 1901 or Distinction or better in PHYS 10001, 1002 or an equivalent unit. Recommended concurrent units of study are MATH1003/1903 and MATH1005/1905. PHYS1902 may not be counted with PHYS1003 or PHYS1004
2 Course Aims, Learning Objectives and Graduate Attributes
2.1 Course Aims
The focus of this unit is to introduce you to the key concepts in three foundation areas of physics: fluids, electromagnetism and quantum phenomena, using technological applications familiar to students of engineering and the physical sciences, for example, the lift on aeroplane wings and metal detectors.
The unit is designed to help you develop appropriate methods of study that will allow you to become an independent learner, capable of organising new information into a coherent conceptual framework and applying it in both familiar and unfamiliar situations. In the accompanying laboratory segment, students are introduced to basic skills in the use of electrical measuring instruments and work in teams to plan, carry out and report on an independent scientific investigation.
2.2 Learning Outcomes
After successfully completing this unit, you should be able to demonstrate:
2.3 Graduate Attributes
Graduate Attributes are generic attributes that encompass not only technical knowledge but additional qualities that will equip students to be strong contributing members of professional and social communities in their future careers. The overarching graduate attributes identified by the University relate to a graduate’s attitude or stance towards knowledge, towards the world, and towards themselves. These are understood as a combination of five overlapping skills or abilities, the foundations of which are developed as part of specific disciplinary study. For further details please refer to the Science faculty website at: http://www.itl.usyd.edu.au/graduateAttributes/facultyGA.cfm?faculty=Science
For further details on course learning outcomes see the Specific Objectives listed in the Lecture Module Outlines available on the unit eLearning site.
3 Study Commitment
Students enrolled in any 6-credit point unit of study offered by the Faculty of Science should consider spending up to 12 hours per week on that unit during the 13 teaching weeks and the study vacation. In PHYS 1902 this involves:
You will have 38 one-hour lectures divided into 3 lecture modules:
The lectures are intended to guide you in your study of the textbook.
You will have 12 one-hour Workshop tutorials based on and supporting the lecture modules. You will work in groups of four on a selection of qualitative and quantitative questions and problems, and investigate physical phenomena with demonstration apparatus. Tutors are present to assist you.
You will be given 6 web-based MasteringPhysics sets of Assignment questions. MasteringPhysics provides questions that use a 'Socratic dialogue' - when you get stuck in answering a problem it offers a simpler problem and provides feedback tailored to your answers. It also offers the opportunity to develop your understanding of concepts and your problem solving ability through compulsory assignment questions and optional extra questions
You will have 9 three-hour laboratory sessions. You will work in groups of three on a range of experiments, with tutors to assist. You will work in groups of six on a project, with tutors to assist. Your understanding of Circuits concepts introduced in the laboratory will be tested in the Mid-Semester Test.
You are expected to do up to 6 hours (per week) of independent study. Use this time to:
You are now in control of your own study strategy, and as an adult learner it is up to you to devise a study plan that best suits you. If you attend classes regularly and involve yourself in all of these learning experiences, you will gain a good understanding of the course work. This will have a considerable impact on your exam preparation and performance.
Good study habits are also very important - we offer some suggestions on our Learning Physics web page (http://sydney.edu.au/science/physics/current/learningphysics.shtml).
As preparation, you should read How to Succeed in Physics by Really Trying on pages vii - viii of the textbook, preferably before the start of semester. You should also read and understand Section 1.5, Uncertainty and Significant Figures, and Section 1.6, Estimates and Orders of Magnitude.
4 Learning and Teaching Activities
You will attend three one-hour lectures per week in the lecture theatre indicated. All lectures are held in the Physics Building.
Lectures commence Tues 26 July and end Thur 27 October
Slade Lecture Theatre - Tues 2pm, Wed 2pm, Thurs 2pm
Please consult your personal timetable on myUni for more details.
NB: There will be no lecture or tutorial classes during the mid-semester break and Labour Day Holiday (Monday 26 September to Monday 3 October inclusive).
You should attend a single one-hour workshop tutorial per week. Times and venues will be displayed on the unit Blackboard pages. Workshop tutorials start in the second week of semester commencing Monday, 1 August. The final tutorial will be in the week commencing Monday, 24 October.
Note that participation in Workshop Tutorials will be recorded.
The laboratory component is divided into several sections:
You will be scheduled into one, three-hour laboratory session per week in the Carslaw Building on Level 4 - Rooms 401, 402, 407 and 408.
Your first laboratory session is during the second week of semester commencing Monday 1 August. The final laboratory session for Monday classes will be on Monday 24 October; for all other classes it will be in the week commencing Monday, 17 October. Some weeks there are no laboratory classes - consult the timetable on the back cover of your Lab Manual for details.
All assignments are done using the MasteringPhysics system. MasteringPhysics is accessed only through links from the eLearning system (also known as Blackboard). Detailed registration instructions for new users or for those students changing textbooks can be found on the "Mastering Physics" main link from Blackboard.
If you used MasteringPhysics in semester 1 your access should continue unaffected. If you have not used MasteringPhysics before or you have problems with your access, you should contact Dr Pulin Gong, email@example.com
Note that this free access to MasteringPhysics does not provide access to the textbook. Please see the section on resources for information on the textbook access options.
Questions in MasteringPhysics are presented in groups (called 'assignments' by the system) with a title such as Electromagnetism - Assignment 1 and Tutorial Questions. There are six 'assignments' for this unit of study. 'Introduction to MasteringPhysics' is an extra, short assignment illustrating the features of the system. This assignment is not worth marks, but you should do it if you are unfamiliar with the system, or if you need to refresh your understanding.
Assignment questions must be completed by 7pm (local time) on the due date. Available marks ramp down to zero in the five hours after the assignment deadline. It is therefore essential that you seek permission if you need to submit the assignment late. All assignment questions remain accessible to you for review (but no more marks will be awarded!) until the end of the semester.
Help in using MasteringPhysics can be obtained from links from Blackboard, or
5 Teaching Staff and Contact Details
6 Learning Resources
The lecture modules are based on the textbook:
University Physics with Modern Physics, 14th Edition, by Young and Freedman (Y&F). Published by Pearson.
This text and resource package can be purchased from the University Co-Op bookshop or directly from Pearson online at pearson.com.au. The School of Physics will provide the online assignment component, MasteringPhysics. You do not need to purchase any MasteringPhysics product, either alone or bundled with books.
The options you have are:
1. Printed text Traditional hard copy
www.pearson.com.au/9781292100319 (FREE DELIVERY) $150
2. eBook of the full text
3. eText of the full book to accompany MasteringPhysics
Refer to Blackboard and follow the links to MasteringPhysics. Once logged in successfully, click on the eText link and follow prompts to purchase an eText directly. The price is US$44. This is strictly the US edition of the 14th edition and contains a couple of additional appendices. Note: do not purchase this outside of your Blackboard site otherwise it will not link to your unit. This will provide access to the eText for the length of your unit. You can also access this on an iPad or tablet using the Pearson eText app. You will need to be online to view the eText version.
4. A second-hand hard copy
You may be able to find a used hard copy. Ideally this will be the US or New International versions of the 13th edition. The 12th edition has some differences but at a pinch is still workable.
The laboratory segment of the unit is covered by:
PHYS 1902 Physics 1 (Advanced) Semester 2, Circuits - Advanced & Projects Laboratory Manual, prepared by the School of Physics
Laboratory Manuals are available from the Copy Centre, or online from the eLearning site.
Lecture Module Outlines
There is a module outline for each of the three lecture modules, available on the eLearning pages for this unit. These list specific objectives that define what you should learn and understand about the detailed content of each chapter of the textbook. Understanding a term or concept means that you should be able to:
The module outline also lists what sections of the textbook are relevant and recommended questions.
The University eLearning system elearning.sydney.edu.au provides resources to help you with your studies, please spend time getting acquainted with this site. MyUni sydney.edu.au/myuni is the student portal providing University information and services. Access to MyUni and eLearning requires a Unikey username and password that is issued with your confirmation of enrolment. The University provides computer facilities described on the Student IT pages at http://sydney.edu.au/ict/student/. The ‘Current Student’ link on the School of Physics web page sydney.edu.au/science/physics also provides resources to help you with your studies.
Where to go for help
Providing us with feedback
7 Assessment Tasks
Assessment tasks are intended to allow you to demonstrate what you have learned related to the goals of this unit. They also serve to encourage you to work with the material, but should not dominate your approach to learning. See them as another learning activity, accompanying and complementing those listed earlier.
Assessment of this unit of study is based on achievement of specific learning objectives (listed in the module outlines) demonstrated in a combination of assignments, tests examination and laboratory work.
Satisfactory performance in ALL aspects of assessment is necessary to ensure a pass in this unit.
In addition, students in physics must be able to express themselves accurately by clear, efficient use of the English language in their written work. Spelling, grammar, punctuation and correct use of language will be taken into account when written reports and examination work are assessed. Students should refer to the University’s WriteSite (http://writesite.elearn.usyd.edu.au/) if they are looking for guidance on grammar and other aspects of academic and professional writing.
You are responsible for understanding the University policy regarding assessment and examination, which can be found in the University Policy Register at http://sydney.edu.au/policies/
The method of combining marks from various assessment tasks is perhaps a little different to what you may be used to in other units, although this should not affect your approach to each assessment task. ALL assessment tasks are compulsory.
Your final grade will be based principally on your performance in the final exam and mid-semester test. All Summative Assessments are marked and have mark standards that must be achieved to be eligible for each grade in your final result. Refer to section 7.2 on Assessment Grading to see exactly how marks in each assessment determine your final grade.
Minimum standards for achievement in each assessment task are as follows:
See more details in Assessment Grading below.
7.1 Summative Assessments
A visual calendar form of the summative assessment dates is available. A iCal format calendar for Google, Apple and other calendar application is also available
Descriptions of Summative Assessments
Introduction to Mastering Physics
Each assignment (apart from the Introduction to MasteringPhysics) is divided into two components.
The marking scheme gives a small reward when answers are achieved without using the hints, but no penalty if you do use them. See the MasteringPhysicsFAQ at sydney.edu.au/science/physics/pdfs/current/jphys/MP_faq.pdf for more details.
We encourage students to cooperate in understanding all the questions since the objective is to understand concepts and develop your problem solving ability. However all Assignment Questions using MasteringPhysics must be completed individually. Simply copying the work of another person without acknowledgment is plagiarism and contrary to University policies on Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism in Coursework (see http://sydney.edu.au/policies/).
Contributing to Workshop Tutorials is an important part of success in this Unit of Study. We measure your contribution by collecting group answer sheets. To obtain the highest grades you must participate in at least 9 out of 12 workshops.
Laboratory Work - Circuits
Assessment in the laboratory is based on successful completion of laboratory work. For each laboratory session, you are awarded a mark for successfully completing each checkpoint. Satisfactory performance in Laboratory work is necessary for a pass in the unit, but if you work well in the laboratory you will learn a lot and be well on the way to passing this unit.
After the last circuits session you will undertake a mid-semester test, based on the circuits experiments and the first lecture module (Electricity and Magnetism). This will be done in week 7 in your regular lab time, and will form 20% of your final grade.
7.2 Formative Assessments
Descriptions of Formative Assessments
Academic Honesty Education Module
The Academic Honesty Education Module appears as a compulsory extra unit of study (AHEM1001) on every new student's eLearning page if you are a commencing student from Semester 1 2016 at the University of Sydney. It is compulsory because the University wants all commencing students to have a basic understanding of academic integrity and honesty. When you understand these concepts and how they relate to your studies, you will be able to start your university journey better prepared to succeed. We strongly advise you to complete this module while you are preparing for your first assignment. The module contains nine quizzes, each of which must be completed with full marks before you are able to progress. The initial attempt at each quiz is intended to be challenging, so do not be discouraged if you get tripped up. The module will probably take you up to 90 minutes but you do not have to complete it in one sitting because your progress will be saved. It is available for you to complete until the end of this semester. A record will be made on your academic transcript when you have successfully completed the module. The concepts covered in this module will be also contextualised in activities presented within the particular units in which you are enrolled.
7.3 Assessment Grading
Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD (High Distinction), DI (Distinction), CR (Credit), PS (Pass) and FA (Fail) as defined by the Academic Board Assessment Coursework Policy 2014. These achievement levels are described below. Details of the policy are available on the University’s ‘Policy Online’ website at http://www.sydney.edu.au/policies/.
The assessments for this unit are described in this unit of study outline. This description includes the purpose, timing and weighting of each assessment item and an explanation of how task relate to the learning outcomes of the unit. Students are responsible for actively engaging with these assessments, including carefully reading the guidance provided, spending sufficient time on the task, ensuring their work is authentic and their own (whether individual or group work), completing work on time and acting on feedback provided.
The grading system used in this unit of study is somewhat different from that used in most other units. It is based on setting appropriate standards in different types of assessment. ALL assessment tasks are compulsory.
You must meet BOTH of these standards to pass this unit.
In Junior Physics, our aim is to give everyone a chance of a high grade, irrespective of their unit of study. To achieve this, we compare the units by having parts of the assessment in common. In the final examination for example, some questions are common on the various papers. We look at average marks for common and non-common questions to prevent one class being disadvantaged by, say, a difficult question that isn't on other papers. The result of this moderation process is a higher percentage of HDs and Ds in the Advanced unit (as you might expect), but the process also ensures there are HDs and Ds awarded in the other units of study to students who excel.
High Distinction (HD)
At HD level, a student demonstrates a flair for the subject and comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the unit material. A ‘High Distinction’ reflects exceptional achievement and is awarded to a student who demonstrates the ability to apply subject knowledge to novel situations.
At DI level, a student demonstrates an aptitude for the subject and a solid knowledge and understanding of the unit material. A ‘Distinction’ reflects excellent achievement and is awarded to a student who demonstrates an ability to apply the key ideas of the subject.
At CR level, a student demonstrates a good command and knowledge of the unit material. A ‘Credit’ reflects solid achievement and is awarded to a student who has a broad understanding of the unit material but has not fully developed the ability to apply the key ideas of the subject.
At PS level, a student demonstrates proficiency in the unit material. A ‘Pass’ reflects satisfactory achievement and is awarded to a student who has threshold knowledge of the subject.
8 Academic Integrity
While the University is aware that the vast majority of students and staff act ethically and honestly, it is opposed to and will not tolerate academic dishonesty or plagiarism and will treat all allegations of dishonesty seriously.
All students are expected to be familiar and act in compliance with the relevant University policies, procedures and codes, which include:
Students should never use document-sharing sites and should be extremely wary of using online 'tutor' services. Further information on academic honesty and the resources available to all students can be found on the Academic Integrity page of the University website: http://sydney.edu.au/elearning/student/EI/index.shtml.
8.1 Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism
Academic dishonesty involves seeking unfair academic advantage or helping another student to do so.
You may be found to have engaged in academic dishonesty if you:
Plagiarism is using someone else's ideas, words, formulas, methods, evidence, programming code, images, artworks, or musical creations without proper acknowledgement. If you use someone's actual words you must use quotation marks as well as an appropriate reference. If you use someone's ideas, formulas, methods, evidence, tables or images you must use a reference. You must not present someone's artistic work, musical creation, programming code or any other form of intellectual property as your own. If referring to any of these, you must always present them as the work of their creator and reference in an appropriate way.
Plagiarism is always unacceptable, regardless of whether it is done intentionally or not. It is considered dishonest if done knowingly, with intent to deceive, or if a reasonable person can see that the assessment contains important material copied from other sources and not properly referenced. The University understands that not all plagiarism is dishonest andÂ provides students with opportunities to improve their academic writing, including their understanding of scholarly citation and referencing practices.
8.2 Use of Similarity Detection Software
All written assessments submitted in this unit of study will be submitted to the similarity detecting software program known as Turnitin. Turnitin searches for matches between text in your written assessment task and text sourced from the Internet, published works and assessments that have previously been submitted to Turnitin for analysis.
There will always be some degree of text-matching when using Turnitin. Text-matching may occur in use of direct quotations, technical terms and phrases, or the listing of bibliographic material. This does not mean you will automatically be accused of academic dishonesty or plagiarism, although Turnitin reports may be used as evidence in academic dishonesty and plagiarism decision-making processes.
9 Learning and Teaching Policies
EQUITY, ACCESS AND DIVERSITY STATEMENT
The School of Physics is strongly committed to providing equity of access and opportunity to all students, and to make our environment supportive for everyone. The School has three Equity Officers who act as a point of contact for students who may have a query or concern about any issues relating to equity, access and diversity. If you feel you have not been treated fairly, discriminated against or disadvantaged in any way, you are encouraged to talk to one of the Equity Officers or any member of the Physics staff. More information can be found at http://sydney.edu.au/science/physics/about/equity.shtml
Any student who feels she/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact Disability Services http://sydney.edu.au/current_students/disability/ who can help arrange support.
CONSIDERATION OF FACTORS AFFECTING YOUR STUDY
While studying at the University of Sydney, a student may need to apply for special consideration or special arrangements as follows:
Longer term health or emotional issues are best managed with adjustments to course assessments as part of an Academic Plan developed in discussion between the student and Disabilities Services
Special Arrangements may be granted for certain personal circumstances - for example the birth of a child, or religious or cultural commitments - or for essential community commitments - for example compulsory legal absence (e.g. Jury duty), elite sporting or cultural commitments (representing the University, state or country), or Australian Defence Force or Emergency Service commitments (e.g. Army Reserve).
Students unsure what type of Consideration is appropriate, or unhappy with a Consideration decision, should consult the Student Centre.
For full details of applicable university policies and procedures, see the web site at sydney.edu.au/policy.
Replacement assessments for end of semester examinations
Students who apply for and are granted either special arrangements or special consideration for end of semester examinations in units offered by the Faculty of Science will be expected to sit any replacement assessments in the two weeks immediately following the end of the formal examination period. Later dates for replacement assessments may be considered where the application is supported by appropriate documentation and provided that adequate resources are available to accommodate any later date.
The School of Physics will NOT accept assessments that are simply copied. Copying the work of another person without acknowledgment is plagiarism and contrary to University policies on Academic Honesty and Plagiarism as described on the University Policy Register web site (https://sydney.edu.au/policy/). An outline of what constitutes Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism can be found at https://sydney.edu.au/science/physics/local/acadhonesty.shtml.
Students have the right to appeal any academic decision made by a school or the faculty. The appeal must follow the appropriate procedure so that a fair hearing is obtained. The formal application form can be obtained at:
Other University Policies
University Policies most relevant to an undergraduate coursework student are:
For full details of these and other university policies and procedures, see the University Policy Register web site at sydney.edu.au/policy.
Relevant forms and procedures are also available on the Faculty website at https://sydney.edu.au/science/cstudent/ug/forms.shtml