PHYS1231 Higher Physics 1B


Term 1:
Weeks 1-5    Professor Tim Duty
Weeks 5-9    A/Professor Clemens Ulrich

Term 3:
Weeks 1-5    Professor Joe Wolfe
Weeks 5-9    Dr. Michael Schmidt


Fundamentals of Physics (Extended) 11th ANZ Edition, Halliday, Resnick & Walker, Pub. Wiley, ISBN: 9781119561774

Wiley website link to purchase any version of the textbook: Halliday 11E ANZ edition -purchasing link

Physics Vol 1, Asia-Pacific Edition, R. Serway, J.Jewett, K. Wilson and K. Wilson, Pub. Cengage Learning, ISBN: 978-0170189309
Physics for Scientists and Engineers with Modern Physics, 8th Edition, Serway & Jewett, Pub. Thomson.

Course Coordinator: 

A. Prof. Elizabeth Angstmann (First Year Director)

Course Description : 

This is the second of the two introductory courses in Physics. It is a calculus based course. The course is examined at two levels, with Higher Physics 1B being the higher of the two levels. While the same content is covered as Physics 1B, Higher Physics 1B features more advanced assessment, including separate tutorial and laboratory groups.

The topics covered in PHYS1231 are:  Electricity and Magnetism: electrostatics, Gauss's law, electric potential, capacitance and dielectrics, magnetic fields and magnetism, Ampere's and Biot-Savart law, Faraday's law, induction and inductance. Physical Optics: light, interference, diffraction, gratings and spectra, polarization. Introductory quantum theory and the wave nature of matter. Introductory solid state and semiconductor physics: simple energy band picture.

The course syllabus is available here

Course Structure: 

8 hours per week:
2 x 2 hour lectures, 1 x 2 hour problem solving workshop, 1 x 2 hour laboratory period









End of Semester Final Examination






TERM(S) Offered: 

Terms 1 and 3
In 2020 this course will be offered in Terms 1 and 3 (T1 & T3).


PHYS1131 or PHYS1141, or a mark of 65 or above in PHYS1121


MATH1231 or MATH1241

Additional Information: 

Laboratory Exemption for Repeating Students in Term 3 2020:
If you are a repeating student and completed the laboratory component during last 3 years (i.e. Session 2, 2017 or afterwards), you may apply for a laboratory exemption. Your previous lab grade will determine whether you qualify for a laboratory exemption; you need a mark of 14.5/20 or above.
To apply for laboratory exemption please complete and submit the form online: Lab Exemption form for the Repeating Students.

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Tim Duty

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Associate Professor

Clemens Ulrich

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Joe Wolfe

Michael Schmidt
Senior Lecturer

Michael Schmidt

Associate Professor

Dimi Culcer