Course Title: Aerospace Physics 1

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: ONPS5098

Course Title: Aerospace Physics 1

School: 155T Life & Physical Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6011 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering (Aerospace)

Course Contact : John Newberry

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4990

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Alex Malikotsinas

Phone: 9925 4714


Nominal Hours: 40

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

MATH5156 Mathematics 1

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to provide training in physics which underpins more advanced training required for employment as a para-professional technician.
Areas covered in this course include:
• Units and measurements
• Vectors
• Linear Kinematics
• Newton’s Laws of motion
• Friction
• Linear work
• Energy and power
• Momentum

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VBH155 Aerospace Physics 1

Learning Outcomes

1. Explain concepts and solve problems involving units and measurement.
2. Solve problems involving vectors.
3. Explain concepts and solve problems relating to linear kinematics.
4. Explain concepts and solve problems involving planar kinematics.
5. Explain concepts relating to and solve problems using Newton’s Laws of Motion.
6. Discuss friction and solve problems involving friction.
7. Solve problems involving linear work, energy and power.
8. Solve problems involving momentum.

Details of Learning Activities

The students will participate in face to face lectures, tutorials and laboratory work.

Teaching Schedule


Week Topics to be covered and Assessment
1Units, Significant Figures, Scientific Notation, Errors
2Vectors: Addition and Subtraction
3Expt. 1: Uncertainty in Measurement
5Projectile Motion -Exp 1 Due
6Expt. 2: Projectile Motion
8Test 1 (30%)
9Newton’s Laws -Exp 2 Due
10Newton’s Laws
11Inclined Planes and Friction
12Expt 3: Friction
14Work, Energy and Power - Exp 3 Due
15Momentum, Impulse and Collisions
17Final Exam (40%)
18Final Exam (40%)

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

The students will be provided with printed notes and exercises.


Other Resources

Students will be expected to bring a scientific calculator to every class.

For further study students can consult the following texts:

D. Giancoli, Physics, Principles with Applications

R., A. Serway,Physics for Scientists and Engineers

P. E. Tippens, Basic Technical Physics

Ivanoff Val, Engineering Physics

Overview of Assessment

Assessment consists of:
• Three practicals worth 30%
• Test worth 30%
• Exam worth 40%.

Assessment Tasks

The test and exam will consist of multiple choice and short answer questions which are based on theory and problem solving.

The practicals are:

1.  Errors in measurement

2. Projectile Motion

3.  Friction

Assessment Matrix

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