PHS1711 - Applied physics - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.




Mr Phillip Higgins

Not offered in 2017


PHS1711 assumes a mathematical background of VCE maths methods 3 and 4 or equivalent. It is designed for students that have an interest in physical computations and the practical applications of physical principles. Topics covered in this unit include: description of linear motion, statics and equilibrium, force system, kinematics of motion in two dimensions, work, energy and energy conversion, momentum, rotational motion, stress and strain, engineering properties of materials with applications, basic concepts of waves and their role in the transport of energy and information, acoustics, introduction to fluid statics and dynamics, principles of electricity, electrical measurement and monitoring.


On completion of this unit students should be able to: apply linear kinematic relationships, involving scalars and vectors to analyse typical situations encountered in engineering applications; apply the linear and rotational requirements for equilibrium to examine static mechanical structures; apply the concepts of stress and strain to a material under load; use the principles of rotational dynamics to determine and predict the behaviour of fixed-axis rotating systems, including flywheels and turbines; apply Archimedes' and Pascal's principles and Bernoulli's theorem to analyse streamline fluid flow; apply the principles of harmonic motion to vibrating systems and predict the features of damped and forced oscillations; analyse and predict the behaviour of waves in various media, including adsorption of acoustic waves, scattering by reflection, refraction and diffraction; analyse simple DC circuits involving series and parallel resistors and describe the properties and circuit influences of capacitors and inductors; recognise the role of measurement, sensors and monitoring systems and the limitations inherent in instruments and their usage; to analyse equilibrium of force system.


Written examinations 70% + Laboratory projects and reports 30%

Workload requirements

39 hours lectures/tutorials plus 36 hours of laboratory work for the semester, and 6 hours per week of private study.

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)


ENG1080, ENG1801, ENG1802, PHS1011, PHS1031, PHS1080