Advanced Physics I

Course code PHYS1210Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Physics underpins most aspects of modern engineering, technology, and medicine, and developments in physics often drive social change. Knowledge of physics is therefore vital to understanding the world around us. Physics is needed to make new materials, monitor our environment, put satellites into orbit, harness energy, determine the strength of structures, take scans of the human body, develop faster computers, etc. The course is calculus based and covers topics from mechanics and kinematics, wave mechanics, nuclear physics, particle physics, cosmology, and thermal physics.

Not to count for credit PHYS1150 or PHYS1200 or PHYS1205.

In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory Health and Safety requirement. Students will receive full information on this compulsory course component in the course outline provided by the school.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
UoN SingaporeTrimester 3
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course, students will be able:

1. to enable students to acquire knowledge of the basic principles of physics
2. to teach students how to apply their knowledge of physics to practical everyday situations
3. to assist students to develop their analytic and problem solving skills
4. to enhance student's laboratory and computing skills
5. to develop student's written and communication skills
ContentA calculus based physics course aimed at students who have completed HSC Physics and Mathematics.

Mechanics and Kinematics - Motion in one and two dimensions, Circular Motion, Newton's Laws of Motion, Work and Energy, Momentum and Collisions, rotational mechanics.

Wave Mechanics - Oscillators, Simple Harmonic Motion, Damping and Resonance, Introduction to Acoustics

Nuclear Physics - Nuclear Structure and Properties, Binding Energy and Nuclear Forces, Radioactive Decay, Nuclear Reactions, Nuclear Fission and Fusion, Radiation Damage and Dosimetry

Particle Physics and Cosmology - Fundamental Forces, Antiparticles, Feynman Diagrams, Classifying Particles, Conservation Laws, Strange Particles and Strangeness, Models for Quarks, Big-bang, Expansion of Universe, Hubble Constant, Dark Matter, Microwave Background, Latest Models.

Thermal - Heat, Internal Energy, Specific Heat, Heat Transfer, Second Low, Entropy, Heat Processes.
Replacing Course(s)NA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledge2 Unit Mathematics with a result in Bands 5 or 6 and Physics
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Examination: Formal
Laboratory Exercises
Quiz - Class
Quiz - On-line
Contact HoursLaboratory: for 3 hour(s) per Week for 8 weeks
Lecture: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Course ComponentOHS-Safety Induction or Risk Assessment. Compulsory Course Component: In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory safety induction.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for PHYS1210