Higher Physics 1B (Special) - PHYS1241

Faculty: Faculty of Science

School: School of Physics

Course Outline:

Campus: Sydney

Career: Undergraduate

Units of Credit: 6

EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)

Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 6

Enrolment Requirements:

Prerequisites: PHYS1131 or PHYS1141; Co-requisites: MATH1231 or MATH1241 or MATH1251

Excluded: PHYS1221, PHYS1231

CSS Contribution Charge: 2 (more info)

Tuition Fee: See Tuition Fee Schedule

Further Information: See Class Timetable

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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 laboratory course covering material relevant to lectures.
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