Great teachers: passionate and sensible and if you were feeling overwhelmed for some reason, they'd be helpful and understanding.
Personally, I think it should be relegated to a lowly foundational course, similar to how MATH1040 and MATH1050 are run[Haven't done PHYS1171 THOUGH!]. For anybody who did High School Physics and calculus in maths, the only new stuff would be a bit of Thermo and Fluids.
The majority of the course is focused on the absolute basics, and it is explained in very simple, and thoroughly, and again, and again, and again. The quizzes almost feel like a detour in metaphysics and epistemology since it's hard to explain "what a field really is".
I did Phys1001 and Phys1002 in the same sem. It's easy but having to attend 2 pracs a week... no thanks.
You don't need Phys1001 for Phys1002 but you should be confident with maths if you do both at once.
Semester 1 - 2017
BSc, Math and Physics Major
Is lecture attendance necessary?
Is the textbook necessary?
Nah but why not since you need in PHYS1002 [same book].
Start to finish, no required knowledge
freshling friends in pracs
Lecturers are 10/10 fun and actually good at teaching
feels like the Commonwealth is getting scammed by funding this
This course is useful if you need to revise and build on your high school physics knowledge. Its also well structured and designed so that students can do well. There are lots of assessed weekly activities (like the online quizzes but those are easy to get over 100% ) which are time consuming to complete but sort of force you to stay on track with the material which is helpful when it comes to finals. Andrew is a godsend (awesome lecturer). Lectures are useful, they're basically just a recap of what you learnt in the pre-lecture readings and then working through questions. The mid sem and finals are well written, the questions on the finals are similar to mastering physics questions and you get a bit of a preview to the mid sem. Pracs are long but good, easy to finish in the allocated time but seriously boring. overall, nice.
This course is easier than a Gold Coast teenybopper at Schoolies, who got let into Shooters with a fake id she originally acquired to buy Cruisers, who smoked a little pot earlier in the night (given to her by her ex-boyfriend, who deals and gives her discounts to try win her back) and has pockets longer than her pants and a see through top that reveals very pleasant but a little smaller than average breasts that she feels insecure about, so she pushes them out extra hard and wants implants when she's older, holding a drink in one hand (pressed into her hand by a middle aged man monopolising a corner of the bar) that she half suspects has been spiked but won't turn down free alcohol, and her phone in the other, mass texting her ex-boyfriends and a few members of the footy team to "come out tonight ;)" because she's told her parents she'll be staying at a friend's place (the friend will cover for her) and would rather go home with a sturdy lad with a car and a blatant disregard for her feelings because she loves jerks and knows she shouldn't but she keeps on loving them anyway because everything has been handed to her on a silver platter through life (from escaping parking tickets to first in line for the bar to good grades from the creepy history teacher) and an abusive relationship, while it makes her feel terrible about herself and her life, is at least something different from the bland malaise that has constituted her life up to this point barring a few mistakes she's made and isn't proud of and can't live down or forget about because they've cemented a reputation at her school and without that reputation, good or bad, she is nothing, and this is about the point where I was gonna drop the mic on this course review and walk out but that got real heavy so instead let me use this as a shoutout to all the ladies out there, you're all beautiful and you oughtn't let anybody else define you or your life or your sexuality. Stay strong.
Anyway, yeah, PHYS1001 is hella easy. Too much homework, great use of clickers, experimental design and analysis could be taught a little better, open book exam which consists of "find the closest example in the text, apply same equation" and a multiple choice midsem exam which half the class aced and apparently you get a run through at the start of sem anyway (I wouldn't know, I missed the first class because I'm too cool for school), pretty solid lecturers, and content that's essentially a repeat of most of senior physics but you should get extremely comfortable with using because you'll need it to be second nature by second year.
That said, I did do this subject in second year, having missed it in my first. So maybe it's harder than I let on.
But I doubt it.
Semester 1 - 2014
BE / BSc
So ridiculously easy
Did I say easy? It's actually cray how easy it is
Like, I studied for 4 hours all semester and did virtually no work, walked out with a 6
So ridiculously easy
Homework? Every week? This is university, not school, knock it off fellas
Weighted clicker use forces you to go to lectures. Not indicative of typical uni experience