The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


Physics underpins most aspects of modern engineering, technology, and medicine. For example, about 25% of the world's economy is tied to the quantum mechanics of silicon, and many of the most important practical advances in chemistry and biology can be traced to the precise understanding of the behaviour of atoms and molecules provided by quantum mechanics. Knowledge of physics is therefore vital to understanding the world around us. This calculus-based course continues on from PHYS1210 and covers the topics of mathematical tools, electromagnetism, optics and physics of matter.

Availability2020 Course Timetables

PSB Singapore

  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (Singapore)


  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Explain the basic principles of electromagnetism, optics and quantum mechanics and their relevance to aspects of engineering, technology, physical phenomena, matter and everyday situations.

2. Solve qualitative and quantitative problems using mathematics and the principles of physics.

3. Perform laboratory and computational experiments and interpret and the significance of the results with regards to the principles and applications of physics.

4. Communicate the results and significance of both theoretical and experimental work in written reports.

5. Contribute to team and group work for scientific investigations and for the process of learning.


A calculus based course aimed at students who have completed HSC Physics and Mathematics, and may wish to continue their study of physics beyond first year.

  • Integrated Physics: introduction to the key mathematical techniques used in physics.
  • Electromagnetism: static electric and magnetic fields, electromagnetic induction.
  • Optics: behaviour and properties of light, and its interactions with matter, as well as instruments used to detect it.
  • Physics of Matter: quantum mechanics, atoms, molecules, solids and nuclear physics.

Assumed knowledge

Mathematics Extension 1 with a result in Bands 3 or 4. It is also recommended that students have undertaken Physics and achieved a result in Band 5 or 6. PHYS1210

Assessment items

Quiz: Class Quizzes

Quiz: Online Quizzes

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Laboratory Reports

Formal Examination: Formal Examination

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Laboratory: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions. - In order to participate in this course students must complete a compulsory safety induction.

Contact hours

Callaghan and PSB Singapore

Computer Lab

Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 2 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 6 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term