Course Title: Physics 3

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Physics 3

Credit Points: 90.00

Important Information:

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Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

ONPS5645

City Campus

Preparatory

360T Education

Face-to-Face

Term1 2020

Course Coordinator: Gordon Flynn

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 0296

Course Coordinator Email: gordon.flynn@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 108.5.07

Course Coordinator Availability: Mon - Thurs


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

VCE Physics units 1 & 2 are strongly recommended as a prerequisite.

A concurrent study of VCE 12 Math methods or Further Maths is also desirable.


Course Description

In Physics Units 3  there are three prescribed areas of study:

1. Forces & fields

You will investigate electric, magnetic and gravitational fields and the motions of charges and masses within those fields.

2. Electromagnetic induction and transmission of electricity

You will investigate, describe, compare and explain the operation of generators and analyse their use in making and transmitting electricity.

3. Newton’s laws, Relativity and energy transformations

You will analyse and explain the motion of bodies moving slowly (Newtonian) and fast (Relativistic)

 


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

1. Use knowledge of fields to solve problems involving energy and motion of masses and charges.

2. Apply AC theory to electricity transmission problems

3. Describe the differences between Newtonian and Relativistic motion.

4. Distinguish the similarities and differences between particle and wave theories of light.


Outcome 1

On completion of this unit the student should be able to analyse gravitational, electric and magnetic elds, and use these to explain the operation of motors and particle accelerators and the orbits of satellites.

To achieve this outcome the student will draw on key knowledge outlined in Area of Study 1 and the related key science skills on pages 11 and 12 of the study design.

Key knowledge Fields and interactions

 

describe gravitation, magnetism and electricity using a field model

  • investigate and compare theoretically and practically gravitational, magnetic and electric fields, including

    directions and shapes of fields, attractive and repulsive fields, and the existence of dipoles and monopoles

  • investigate and compare theoretically and practically gravitational fields and electrical fields about a point mass or charge (positive or negative) with reference to:

    • –  the direction of the field

    • –  the shape of the field

    • –  the use of the inverse square law to determine the magnitude of the field

    • –  potential energy changes (qualitative) associated with a point mass or charge moving in the field

  • investigate and apply theoretically and practically a vector eld model to magnetic phenomena, including shapes and directions of fields produced by bar magnets, and by current-carrying wires, loops and solenoids

  • identify fields as static or changing, and as uniform or non-uniform.

 

  1. Outcome 2

    On completion of this unit the student should be able to analyse and evaluate an electricity generation and distribution system.

    To achieve this outcome the student will draw on key knowledge outlined in Area of Study 2 and the related key science skills on pages 11 and 12 of the study design.

• analyse the use of gravitational fields to accelerate mass,

 potential energy changes in a uniform gravitational field: Eg = mgΔh

 

Key knowledge Generation of electricity

  • calculate magnetic flux when the magnetic eld is perpendicular to the area, and describe the qualitative effect

    of differing angles between the area and the field:ΦB = B⊥ A

  • investigate and analyse theoretically and practically the generation of electromotive force (emf) including

    AC voltage and calculations 

  • explain the production of DC voltage in DC generators and AC voltage in alternators, including the use of split ring commutators and slip rings respectively.

 

 


Overview of Learning Activities

You will need to participate in all learning activities, including class discussions, answering questions, practical activities, tests and other SACTs.


Overview of Learning Resources

You will need to participate in all learning activities, including class discussions, answering questions, practical activities, tests and other SACTs.


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities.

Assessment will include School Assessed Coursework tasks (SACTs) some done under supervision in class time and other assignments done outside class time.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

 If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more. You should discuss the possibility of special Provision with the Year level coordinator.

An assessment charter (http://mams.rmit.edu.au/kh6a3ly2wi2h1.pdf ) summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document: http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=ln1kd66y87rc .