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Electric and Magnetic Interactions - PHYS106

This unit, following on from PHYS107, provides an overview of physics both for students primarily intending to study physics and astronomy beyond first year, and for engineering students who wish to explore physics at a greater depth. As well as broadening their experience in classical Newtonian physics of matter and waves, and Maxwell's theory of electromagnetism, students are introduced to the main theories underlying modern physics: quantum mechanics, thermal physics, and Einstein's theory of relativity, with an emphasis on understanding the interrelationship between these fundamental ideas. PHYS106 deals with electromagnetism, circuit theory, waves and diffraction, and the effects of special relativity. 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:

S2 Day - Session 2, North Ryde, Day

Staff Contact(s): Associate Professor David Spence

PHYS107 Prerequisite Information


MATH132 or MATH135

NCCW(s): PHYS140, PHYS143
Unit Designation(s):



Unit Type:
Assessed As: Graded
Offered By:

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Faculty of Science and Engineering

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