• Offered by Physics Education Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Physics
  • Areas of interest Physics
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Joseph Hope
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2014
    See Future Offerings

This core third year physics course develops the theoretical aspects of physics in the areas of classical mechanics, quantum mechanics, and special relativity.  It emphasizes the methods and skills required for solving complex, realistic problems in theoretical physics.

The least action formulation of classical mechanics is developed and related to quantum mechanics.  Quantum mechanics focuses on: approximate methods, symmetries, and angular momentum. Special relativity is developed using a geometrical approach, leading to a relativistic treatment of electromagnetism. This course is a prerequisite for PHYS3002 and PHYS3031.  It is required for the theoretical physics major, and is recommended for those intending to do the honours year in Physics.

Honours Pathway Option

Students taking this option will complete an assignment comprising 15% of the total assessment. This replaces that portion of the exam weighting.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On satisfying the requirements for this course students will:

1. Have an advanced understanding of classical mechanics, quantum mechanics and special relativity.
2. Understand the relationships between these different areas of physics.
3. Be able to apply these principles to the solution of problems, including complex problems.
4. Have good computational skills and be able to apply them to solving problems.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment consists of:

  • Homework assignments (36%; LO 1-4)
  • Projects (20%; LO 1-4)
  • Exam (44%; LO 1-3)

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Workload

One three hour workshop and a tutorial per week (with online lecture material).



Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed PHYS 2013 and PHYS2016

Assumed Knowledge

In addition, it is expected that students will have successfully completed PHYS2017 and PHYS2020. However, students taking a combined program who have not studied all of these courses should consult with the Academic Contact to determine whether their prior studies in physics are sufficient.





Majors

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Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $1650
2004 $1926
2005 $2298
2006 $2520
2007 $2520
2008 $2916
2009 $2916
2010 $2916
2011 $2946
2012 $2946
2013 $2946
2014 $2946
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3390
2004 $3450
2005 $3450
2006 $3618
2007 $3618
2008 $3618
2009 $3618
2010 $3750
2011 $3756
2012 $3756
2013 $3756
2014 $3762
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3035 17 Feb 2014 07 Mar 2014 31 Mar 2014 30 May 2014 In Person N/A

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