TFCPHYS 92F : Foundation Physics 2


2024 Semester Two (1245) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

A second foundation course for students who understand the basic mechanics of motion in a straight line. Further mechanics, including equilibrium, projectile motion, rotational motion and gravitation. Electromagnetism, including electrostatics, elementary circuits and the effects of magnetic fields.

Course Overview

Welcome to TFCPHYS 92F, Foundation Physics II. This course prepares students who have not previously studied physics for future first-year university physics courses and assumes students have a good understanding of mechanics from TFCPHYS 91F Foundation I.
We will explore four topics - further mechanics, electricity, electromagnetism, waves and particles - in the context of everyday phenomena. We will also highlight topics of interest for those intending to pursue careers in Science and Engineering. 

Course Requirements

Restriction: PHYSICS 92F

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: People and Place
Capability 2: Sustainability
Capability 3: Knowledge and Practice
Capability 4: Critical Thinking
Capability 5: Solution Seeking
Capability 6: Communication
Capability 7: Collaboration
Capability 8: Ethics and Professionalism

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Describe and explain everyday physical phenomena using concepts or principles discussed in this course. (Capability 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6)
  2. Solve algebra-based physics problems using symbolic, graphical and numerical forms of presentation. (Capability 3, 4 and 5)
  3. Record laboratory observations, measurements and estimates. (Capability 1, 7 and 8)
  4. Evaluate laboratory methods and outcomes, and suggest possible improvements. (Capability 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8)
  5. Contribute to collaborative problem-solving exercises and laboratory work. (Capability 3, 4, 5, 7 and 8)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Laboratories 15% Group & Individual Coursework
Assignments 15% Individual Coursework
Tests 20% Individual Test
Final Exam 50% Individual Examination
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5
Final Exam


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Key Topics

  • Vectors to situations involving free body force diagrams and relative velocity and momentum in collisions in two-dimensions
  • Forces and torques when solving a variety of equilibrium problems
  • Kinematic formulae and vectors when describing and solving contexts involving projectile motion
  • Physical concepts, quantities and relationships that apply when an object moves at constant speed in a circle
  • Rotational motion and dynamics related to linear motion quantities
  • The universal law of gravitation in contexts involving gravity on various astronomical bodies and satellite motion
  • Electric fields that are formed by accumulations of charge and apply Coulomb’s law for the force between charges
  • Electric potential energy and potential difference (voltage) equations to solve problems involving uniform electric fields
  • Concepts of charge, current, voltage and potential energy to a capacitor and to electrical conduction in general
  • Ohm’s law for solving electric circuit problems that contain resistors in series and parallel
  • Magnetic fields produced by moving charges in the domain model for magnetic materials
  • The “motor effect” when a current in a magnetic field experiences a force and the definition of the ampere
  • The nature of the force produced when charges move in a magnetic field within a range of contexts including crossed magnetic and electric fields
  • Faraday’s law, Lenz’s law, and the concept of magnetic flux for solving electromagnetic induction problems
  • Light as a wave – polarisation – and light as a stream of particles – the photo-electric effect
  • Models of the atom, nuclear reactions (including balancing equations), types of radioactive decay, and three types of ionizing radiation (their characteristics and their detection)

Special Requirements

To achieve an overall pass in this course, students must:
  • obtain a pass in the laboratory component,
  • sit the final exam.

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15-point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15-point course that they are enrolled in.

For this course, a typical weekly workload includes:

  • 3 hours of lectures
  • A 2-hour lab
  • 2 hours of reviewing the course content
  • 3 hours of work on assignments and/or test preparation

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Students need to enrol and participate in one lecture stream (Tue/Thu/Fri 12-1 pm) and one laboratory stream (Tue 3-5 pm or Thu 3-5 pm) in this course. Please ensure that there is no timetable clash with any of the lecture and laboratory times for the stream that you enrol in.

Lectures will be available as recordings for revision after class. Other learning activities will not be available as recordings. 

Attendance on campus is required for the labs, tests, and exams. 

The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable.

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

TFCPHYS 92F Coursebook:
  • Available free as a digital copy and given out for free in the first lecture by the teaching staff. This will be used in every lecture and contains course notes and example problems to be worked on in lectures.

Drop-in tutoring:
  • Daily drop-in tutoring will be available on some weekdays from Week 2 to Week 12 (excluding public holidays, mid-semester break, and the last day of the semester). More details will be updated on Canvas. This learning support supplements regular classes and lecturers' office hours.

Student Feedback

During the course Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the staff responsible for the course and staff-student consultative committees.

At the end of the course students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback.

Your feedback helps to improve the course and its delivery for all students.

Based on 2022 feedback, some labs have been optimised to ensure that time-pressure is less of an issue.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed for potential plagiarism or other forms of academic misconduct, using computerised detection mechanisms.

The Academic Integrity Course is available online (link below), and enrolled TFC students should complete the online course by the end of their first semester of study.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.


The content and delivery of content in this course are protected by copyright. Material belonging to others may have been used in this course and copied by and solely for the educational purposes of the University under license.

You may copy the course content for the purposes of private study or research, but you may not upload onto any third party site, make a further copy or sell, alter or further reproduce or distribute any part of the course content to another person.

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

The delivery mode may change depending on COVID restrictions. Any changes will be communicated through Canvas.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.

Published on 31/10/2023 10:54 a.m.