PHY104 Engineering Physics (8)

This subject encompasses a range of first-year physics topics selected to provide a sufficiently broadbased, yet relevant physics foundation for students pursuing the Bachelor of Applied Science (Wine Science) course. The subject covers topics in Newtonian mechanics, fluid mechanics, heat and thermodynamics, static and dynamic electricity and electro-magnetism.

Subject Outlines
Current CSU students can view Subject Outlines for recent sessions. Please note that Subject Outlines and assessment tasks are updated each session.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Dentistry and Health Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Only available to Bachelor of Applied Science (Wine Science) students

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • have a knowledge of translational motion and uniform circular motion;
  • have a knowledge of Newtons laws of motion, forces, the work-energy theorem and collision dynamics;
  • have a knowledge of the elastic properties of materials;
  • have a knowledge of the behaviour of static and moving fluids and of the property of fluid surfaces, and their applications in nature and in technology;
  • appreciate factors operating at the microscopic and macroscopic levels which determine the behaviour of materials and their response to a change in temperature;
  • have a quantitative understanding of electric fields, electric potentials, capacitance and energy storage in capacitors;
  • have an understanding of RC-circuit behaviour;
  • have an understanding of magnetic forces and of magnetic field strengths in the vicinity of current-carrying conductors;
  • have completed a series of laboratory experiments in all topics, thereby having developed expertise in scientific measurement and laboratory report writing; and
  • have gained considerable experience in applying logical thinking and the laws of physics to problem solving.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Linear motion, circular motion;
  • Forces, work and energy, momentum and collisions;
  • Stress, strain, modulii of elasticity;
  • Pascals principle; Archimedes principle;
  • Surface tension, bubbles, capillarity;
  • Equation of continuity; Bernoullis theorem; consequences and applications of Bernoullis theorem;
  • Temperature, thermal expansion, ideal gas law; Maxwellian distribution, PV diagrams, internal energy;
  • Specific heat capacity, molar heat capacity, heat conduction, convection, radiation;
  • Introductory electrostatics, capacitance; energy stored in an electric field; dielectrics;
  • Ohms Law; RC circuits;
  • Magnetic fields due to current-carrying conductors; torque on a current loop in a magnetic field; force between current-carrying conductors.

Residential School

This subject contains a 4 day Compulsory Residential School.



Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.