• Offered by Physics Education Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject ANU College
  • Areas of interest Astronomy and Astrophysics, Physics
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Rebecca Cross
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2020
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ANUC1132 offers Diploma students similar learning outcomes to PHYS1201 in a highly supportive environment with extended hours for teaching and learning.

Physics 2 follows on from ANUC1131 Physics 1.  It is an essential course for any student intending to study physics in later years as it introduces foundational knowledge in the areas of waves and optics, electromagnetism, least action principles, and special relativity. Applications to research, technology, and everyday life are discussed. The course develops experimental and computational methods as parts of an integrated approach to physics. Lectures include problem solving activities.

This course together with ANUC1131 (Physics 1) provide the basis for further study of physics. They underpin the study at second year level of the core physics areas of: quantum mechanics, statistical and thermal physics, electromagnetism, and waves and optics.

Learning Outcomes

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

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

1. Understand the concepts of special relativity, including: the postulates, time dilation, length contraction and the relativity of simultaneity.
2. Be able use the Lorentz transformations for event coordinates.
3. Understand the stationary action principle and its origin in quantum mechanics.
4. Be able to derive the Euler-Lagrange equations for simple mechanical systems.
5. Be able to take a wide range of physical situations, model them using differential equations, and effectively use the solutions.
6. Be able to set up and compute 3D integrals of both scalar and vector quantities and use them to compute physical quantities such as electric fields and moments of inertia.
7. Be able to model physical systems as damped, driven and coupled harmonic oscillators.
8. Be able to apply physics principles to the solution of problems, including complex problems, and to the conduct of experiments.
9. Have developed laboratory skills including equipment skills, data gathering and analysis, estimation and interpretation of uncertainties and, experiment design, and presentation.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:
  • Online assessable questions, worth 10%. (LO 1-8)
  • In-class workshop assessment, worth 30%. (LO 1-8)
  • Lab work, worth 30% (LO 8, 9)
  • Final exam, worth 30% (LO 1-8)

In response to COVID-19: Please note that Semester 2 Class Summary information (available under the classes tab) is as up to date as possible. Changes to Class Summaries not captured by this publication will be available to enrolled students via Wattle. 

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160 hours of total student learning time made up from:
  • 75 hours of lectures and laboratory/tutorial-based activities.
  • 85 hours of supported and independent student work.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed ANUC1131 (Physics 1) and ANUC1129 (Mathematics and Applications 1) and also be enrolled in ANUC1130 (Mathematics and Applications 2). To enrol in this course, you must be enrolled in the Diploma of Science. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed PHYS1201.


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. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
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.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $3690
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5250
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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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.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9589 27 Jul 2020 03 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020 30 Oct 2020 In Person N/A

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