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Modern Mechanics - PHYS107

This unit, together with PHYS106, provides an overview of physics both for students primarily intending to study physics, astronomy or photonics beyond first year, and for engineering students who wish to explore physics at a greater depth. As well as broadening their experience in basic classical Newtonian physics of matter and waves, and Maxwell's theory of electromagnetism, in this pair of units students are introduced to the main theories underlying modern physics: quantum mechanics, thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, and Einstein's theory of relativity, with an emphasis on understanding the interrelationship between these fundamental ideas. Fundamentals of experimental method and data analysis are taught in well-equipped laboratories using examples which support and complement the lecture course.

Credit Points: 3
When Offered:

S1 Day - Session 1, North Ryde, Day

Staff Contact(s): Associate Professor David Spence

[(HSC Mathematics Band 4-6 or Extension 1 Band E2-E4 or Extension 2) or MATH130 or MATH123(HD)] and (PHYS130 or HSC Physics Band 4 or 5 or 6) Prerequisite Information


NCCW(s): PHYS140, PHYS143
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Unit Type:
Assessed As: Graded
Offered By:

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Faculty of Science and Engineering

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