Course

PHYS1241 Higher Physics 1B (Special)

Lecturer(s): 

Semester 2:
Weeks 1-6:   Dr. Elizabeth Angstmann
Weeks 7-12  Emeritus Professor Michael Gal
 

Textbook: 

Fundamentals of Physics (Extended) 10th Edition, Halliday, Resnick & Walker, Pub. Wiley, ISBN: 9781118730232

Wiley website link to purchase any version of the textbook: http://www.wileydirect.com.au/buy/fundamentals-of-physics-10th-edition/

REFERENCES:
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: 

Dr Elizabeth Angstmann (First Year Director)

Course Description : 

This course is designed for Physics majors and all students taking an Advanced Science program that includes Physics. PHYS1241 is the 'companion' course to PHYS1131 Higher Physics 1A or PHYS1141 Higher Physics 1A (Special), available in S1.

The topics covered in PHYS1241 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 of nature of matter. Introductory solid state and semiconductor physics: simple energy band picture. Special relativity: inertial reference frames, length contraction, time dilation, equivalence of mass and energy. There is also a 20 hour laboratory course covering material relevant to lectures.

A syllabus for the course is here

Course Structure: 

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

 

Assessment: 

Students MUST attempt ALL laboratory exercises in order to pass the course.

ASSESSMENT

WEIGHT

Laboratory

20%

Assignments

20%

End of Semester Final Examination

60%

                                                   TOTAL 

100%

 

 

Semester(s) Offered: 

Semester 2

Prerequisites: 

PHYS1131 or PHYS1141

Co-requisites: 

MATH1231 or MATH1241

Photo of Elizabeth Angstmann
Senior Lecturer

Elizabeth Angstmann

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Emeritus Professor

Michael Gal