PHYS110 - Mechanics, Waves and Thermal Physics
The PHYS110 module forms part of a two semester course in Physics for the first year science and engineering students. The module comprises of 48 lectures (as detailed below), 12 tutorials and 12 practicals. The full course outline and lecture schedule can be accessed here.
- The practical schedule for Semester 1 may be accessed here.
- We have some online exercises with vernier calipers
Please click on the day below to see the practical allocations.
N.B: For queries regarding your practical allocation please see Mrs Warren at the CTO office.
Extra (Non-compulsory) Tutorials
Tuesday: 11h25-12h10, F15, Science Block
Wednesday: 12h20-13h05, Phys L2, Science Block
Thursday: 10h30-11h15, Geog L2, Science Block
Friday: 9h35-10h20, G17, Science Block
Supplemental Instruction (Starting from 24 February)
Tuesday: 12h20-13h15, Phys L2, Science Block
Thursday: 8h40-10h30, Phys L1, Science Block
Friday: 11h25-12h20, Phys L2, Science Block
An example of how to fill out an MCQ answer sheet can be found here.
A total of 3 tests will be scheduled throughout the semester. The lecturer(s) will provide details of these at a later stage. The class record (continuous assessment) will count towards the final semester mark and will include marks obtained for the tests, tutorials and practicals. The final mark will be calculated based on the theory exam, and the class record.
To be allowed to write the end-of-semester examinations in physics, you must have ‘duly performed’ the work of the class. This means:
- 100% attendance at all afternoon practical classes (unless excused‡ after presentation of a valid medical certificate to a minimum attendance of 80%).
- Submitting written practical reports for all practicals attended.
- 100% attendance at all class tests (unless excused‡ upon presentation of a valid medical certificate).
- Obtaining a minimum of 40% for the class record.
YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO WRITE THE FINAL EXAMS IF YOU FAIL TO MEET THE ABOVE REQUIREMENTS.
‡ Students who wish to be excused on medical grounds from a practical or a class test are required to fill in a condoned absence form. This is available from the CTO staff. All supporting documentation must be attached to the application. Students may be asked to catch up the practical on a different afternoon, or write a make-up test after they return to University. This will be at the discretion of the course coordinator.
Specific course information
Resources for the Mechanics component of the course can be obtained by clicking on the link below.
Resources for the Waves component of the course can be obtained by clicking on the link below.
Resources for the Thermal Physics component of the course can be obtained by clicking on the link below.
Follow the link below to the test solutions:
Past exam papers (only available from within UKZN)
Click on the link below to gain access to past exams.