- Code PHYS2201
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Physics Education Centre
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Physics
- Areas of interest Photonics, Physics, Science, Engineering, Earth Physics
- Academic career UGRD
- Dr Benjamin Buchler
- Mode of delivery In Person
Second Semester 2020
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This course includes an on campus activity/ies. Check timetable for details. Contact course convener if you are unable to travel to Canberra.
This core second year physics course develops classical mechanics. The least action formulation of classical mechanics is developed and related to quantum mechanics. Hamiltonian mechanics is also introduced, as are the tensor properties of materials. The course examines wave phenomena in continuous media, including diffraction and Fourier theory, and continuum mechanics in fluids. The course material is supported throughout by examples taken from recent research on mechanical systems, nano-optics, atomic physics, biological systems, fluid mechanics and laser physics. Computer models provide an opportunity to explore various concepts presented in lectures, including coupled linear oscillators and chaotic dynamics in driven non-linear oscillators. Complementing the lectures, this course contains a laboratory component. Some experiments are essentially qualitative and support lecture material, while others allow development of important skills in quantitative experimental physics. This course is a prerequisite for PHYS3101 and PHYS3102. It is required for the physics major.
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:
- Solve complicated physical problems using the principle of least action.
- Describe the role of the wave equation and appreciate the universal nature of wave motion in a range of physical systems.
- Use Fourier theory and diffraction to describe properties of waves.
- Understand the fundamentals of the mechanics of continuous systems.
- Model and analyse the dynamics of physical systems using computational methods.
- Through the lab course, understand the principles of measurement and error analysis and develop skills in experimental design.
Indicative AssessmentAssessment will be based on:
- Assignments and online questions (30%; LO 1-4)
- Laboratory work (20%; LO 6)
- Computational project (10%; LO 5)
- Exam (40%; LO 1-4)
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WorkloadOne three hour workshop per week (with online lecture material), optional weekly tutorial, plus 16 hours of laboratory work.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Assumed KnowledgeStudents enrolling in this course are strongly encouraged to have completed PHYS1201 with a
credit or higher.
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