PHYS101-22S1 (C) Semester One 2022

Engineering Physics A: Mechanics, Waves, Electromagnetism and Thermal Physics

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 21 February 2022
End Date: Sunday, 26 June 2022
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 6 March 2022
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 15 May 2022


This is a required course for all Engineering Programmes as well as Physics and Astronomy degrees. PHYS101 builds on NCEA level 3 physics to develop Mechanics, Conservation Laws, Fluids, Waves, Thermal Physics, and Electromagnetism into an essential foundation for science and technology understanding.

Your first reference for all matters related to PHYS101 should be the course outline this is available on LEARN and in the "Course Links" below.  This will be updated as information becomes available throughout  the course. You should also examine the discussion forums on the course web pages (see LEARN section in this document) and ask general questions in those forums.

Any queries about information not covered in this course outline should be directed to the email address  below,  please  email  only that address as this helps to ensure that your questions are
answered by the appropriate person. You should make the subject line of your email informative enough so that the issue you have can be identified from that subject line.


Learning Outcomes

The goal of this course is to provide foundation knowledge of Mechanics, Conservation Laws, Fluids, Waves, Thermal Physics and Electromagnetism for students advancing in physical science and engineering degrees.  Students will obtain basic competency in analysing and solving physical problems in these areas.  They will also obtain basic physics laboratory skills and data analysis techniques.


1) a) PHYS111 or NCEA 14 credits (18 credits strongly recommended) at level 3 Physics, and b) MATH101 or 14 Credits (18 credits strongly recommended) at level 3 Mathematics (including the standards 'Apply differentiation methods in solving problems (91578)' and 'Apply integration methods in solving problems(91579)), or

2) Cambridge: D at A level or an A at AS level in both Physics and Mathematics, or

3) IB: 4 at HL or 6 at SL in both Physics and Mathematics, or

4) approval of the Head of Department based on alternative prior learning.


PHYS113, PHYS112

Equivalent Courses


Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Adrian McDonald


Simon Brown and Martin Allen

Lab Coordinator

Clifford Franklin


Rosemary Dorsey


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Final Exam 50%
Laboratory 15% 5% lab book checkpoint marking/laboratory participation; 10% Two laboratory reports assessment grade based on your highest marked attempt.
Electronic Tests (prior to class) 5% 30 out of 36 for full marks
Term Test A 10% Week 4
Term Test B 10% Week 9
Tutorial 10% Marks will be assigned for BOTH active participation in your tutorial stream AND for answers submitted before your tutorial stream to a subset of the assigned tutorial questions. The maximum grade can be achieved for participation in 10 out of the 12 sessions. Pre-tutorial work in Week 1 will be accepted after the session.

Additional Course Outline Information

Academic integrity

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $926.00

International fee $4,563.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Physical & Chemical Sciences .

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