EEET 1024


Course Level


Offered Externally


Course ID


Unit Value


University-wide elective course


This class has not been
timetabled for year 2024.

Course owner

Course owner
School of Engineering

Course aim

The aims of this first year course are to: 

  • review, extend and gain understanding of selected key topics in Physics and Mechanics
  • develop and expand the student's knowledge and understanding of the basic physical laws and principles in their practical application to engineering problems.

Course content

Statics: forces, particles and bodies, free body diagram, moments and couples in three dimensions; equivalent systems of forces and couples.
Equilibrium: rigid bodies, centre of mass, centroids, distributed forces.
Simple structures: plane trusses; frames.
Hydrostatics: buoyancy.
Dynamics: An introduction.
Waves & Acoustics: simple harmonic motion, sound waves, sound intensity level, reverberation time, superposition & interference, standing waves, resonance, beats, Doppler effect.
Electricity: electric fields, electric potential energy, electric potential difference, capacitance, dielectrics.
Magnetism: magnetic fields, force on a moving charge, crossed electric & magnetic fields, magnetism in matter, electromagnetism, inductance.
Fundamentals of Nano-science: photo-electric effect, photons, electromagnetic waves, light: particles vs. waves, luminescence and lasing, lasers and applications.

Practical Component: The practical component emphasises the basic skills required in the experimental study of physical systems while providing some option for independent investigation on each topic. Skills developed will include use of basic laboratory instrumentation, measurement theory, and computer literacy while performing a selection of open ended investigations in mechanics, optics, laser measurements, nuclear and radiation physics, and electronics as they relate to engineering directions.


Halliday, D, Resnick, R and Walker, J 2012, Fundamentals of Physics (Extended 9th Edition), 9, Wiley

Meriam, J. L. and Kraige, L. G 2008, Reference Book: Engineering Mechanics-Statics (SI Version), 6th Edition, John Wiley & Sons Inc.





Teaching method

Component Duration
Lecture 3 hours x 13 weeks
Practical 110 minutes x 10
Tutorial 100 minutes x 12
Lecture 2 hours x 13 weeks
Tutorial 2 hours x 13 weeks
Practical 10 hours x 1 week

Note: These components may or may not be scheduled in every study period. Please refer to the timetable for further details.


Examination, Practical work (4 reports), Tutorial quizzes


EFTSL*: 0.125
Commonwealth Supported program (Band 2)
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* Equivalent Full Time Study Load. Please note: all EFTSL values are published and calculated at ten decimal places. Values are displayed to three decimal places for ease of interpretation.

Course Coordinators

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