PHY110 General Physics (8)

This subject covers introductory mechanics, wave motion and sound, electricity and instrumentation, optics and modern physics. Applications of the principles especially relevant to biological systems and scientific instrumentation will be covered. A non-calculus approach is used.

Subject Outlines
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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

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Have an understanding of units and measurement;
  • Have an understanding of forces and the principles governing the linear and circular motion of 'ordinary' objects;
  • Have an understanding of the conservation of momentum and energy;
  • Have an understanding of waves and sound;
  • Have an understanding of electrostatics, simple electric circuits and electric meters;
  • Have an understanding of the forces exerted on moving electric charges and currentcarrying conductors in a uniform magnetic field;
  • Have an understanding of ray optics;
  • Have an understanding of the wave nature of light and polarisation;
  • Have an understanding of xrays and radioactivity;
  • Have an understanding of applications of the principles in a variety of areas such as biological systems, the environment and laboratory instrumentation;
  • Have achieved competence in conducting experiments which demonstrate some of the concepts developed in the theory;
  • Have achieved competence in presenting experimental results in an acceptable manner.


This subject will cover the following topics:

Introduction to units and measurement, kinematics, statics,dynamics and circular motion; Vibrations and waves, sound characteristics, interference and resonance; Electrostatics, DC circuits, meters and electromagnetism; Geometrical optics, microscope, physical optics, x-rays and radioactivity.

Residential School

This subject contains a 4 day Compulsory Residential School.


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

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.