- Code PHYS1201
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Research School of Physics
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Physics
- Areas of interest Astronomy and Astrophysics, Physics
- Academic career UGRD
- Prof Cedric Simenel
- Mode of delivery In Person
Second Semester 2021
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This course has been adjusted for remote participation in Sem 2 2021, however students are encouraged to attend on-campus activities if possible.
Physics 2 builds on Physics 1, PHYS1101, with a greater emphasis on mathematical techniques. 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, mathematical physics, stationary action principles, and special relativity. The course develops experimental and mathematical methods as parts of an integrated approach to physics.
This course together with 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 classical physics.
An Honours Pathway option is offered.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Understand the concepts of special relativity, including: the postulates, time dilation, length contraction and the relativity of simultaneity.
- Be able use the Lorentz transformations for event coordinates.
- Understand the stationary action principle and its origin in quantum mechanics.
- Be able to derive the Euler-Lagrange equations for simple mechanical systems.
- Be able to take a wide range of physical situations, model them using differential equations, and effectively use the solutions.
- 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.
- Be able to model physical systems as damped, driven and coupled harmonic oscillators.
- Be able to apply physics principles to the solution of problems, including complex problems, and to the conduct of experiments.
- Have developed laboratory skills including equipment skills, data gathering and analysis, estimation and interpretation of uncertainties and, experiment design, and presentation.
- Assignments (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8]
- Lab work (30) [LO 8,9]
- Final exam (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8]
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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:
• Face-to face component which may consist of 1 x 2 hour workshop, 1 x 2 hour drop-in (non-compulsory) per week and 24 hours of labs per semester (6 x 3 hour sessions).
• Approximately 58 hours of self directed study which will include preparation for online lectures and other assessment tasks.
To be determined
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