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Physics IB - PHYS143

This unit, following on from PHYS140, provides an overview of physics, covering a broad range of topics suitable for engineering students or those majoring in any of the sciences. This unit completes the theory of electromagnetism studying the origin and effects of magnetic fields and electromagnetic induction, and describes oscillations and waves including light. The unit then moves on to look at some of the theories of modern physics that influence the way that we view the natural world, and the fundamental laws that govern it. An introduction is given to molecular kinetic theory and the important universal laws of thermodynamics, the latter valid for everything from the boiling of a kettle to exploding black holes. Einstein's theory of special relativity and its counter-intuitive views on space and time, the uncertain world of quantum physics, and what the latter tells us about the structure of atoms and nuclei, conclude the unit. Regular guided laboratory work enables students to develop experimental skills, investigating the phenomena discussed in the lectures, using modern techniques in a well-equipped laboratory.

Credit Points: 3
When Offered:

S1 Day - Session 1, North Ryde, Day

S2 Day - Session 2, North Ryde, Day

Staff Contact(s): Professor Helen Pask

PHYS140 Prerequisite Information


NCCW(s): PHYS106, PHYS107, PHYS149
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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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