Course

PHYS1241 Higher Physics 1B (Special)

Lecturer(s): 

Term 2:
Weeks 1-5:    Professor Adam Micolich
Weeks 5-9:    Emeritus Professor Michael Gal
 

Textbook: 

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

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: 

A/Prof. 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 term 1.

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.

Special relativity: inertial reference frames, length contraction, time dilation, equivalence of mass and energy.

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.

There is also a 18 hour laboratory component covering material relevant to lectures.

A syllabus for the course is 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

 

Assessment: 

ASSESSMENT

WEIGHT

Laboratory

20%

Quizzes

30%

End of Semester Final Examination

50%

                                                   TOTAL 

100%

 

 

TERM(S) Offered: 

Term 2
In 2020 this course will be offered in Term 2 (T2).

 

Prerequisites: 

PHYS1131 or PHYS1141

Co-requisites: 

MATH1231 or MATH1241

Professor

Adam Micolich

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Emeritus Professor

Michael Gal

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Associate Professor

Elizabeth Angstmann