Available in 2017

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 behavior 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, electricity and electromagnetism, optics, atoms and molecules, and quantum mechanics.

Availability2017 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2017

Learning outcomes

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

1. Acquired knowledge of the basic principles of physics

2. An awareness of how to apply their knowledge of physics to practical everyday situations

3. Developed their analytic and problem solving skills

4. Enhanced laboratory and computing skills

5. Developed written and communication skills


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 the Course:

Optics - Ray Model, Lenses and the Lens Equation, Combinations of Lenses, Huygen's Principle and Diffraction and Refraction, Young's Double Slit Experiment, Coherence, Thin Film Interference, Michelson Interferometer, Single Slit Diffraction, Phasors, Double Slit Diffraction, Diffraction Gratings, X-Ray Diffraction, Polarisation.

Quantum Mechanics - Photoelectric Effect, Compton Effect and Pair Production, Wave Particle Duality, Complementarity, Matter Waves, Bohr Model, De Broglie's Hypothesis, Wavefunctions, Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, Time-independent Schrodinger Equation, Infinite Potential Well Problem, Barrier Tunneling, Scanning Tunneling Microscope, Alpha Particle Decay.

Atoms, Molecules and Solids - Quantum Mechanical View of Atoms, Hydrogen Atom, Exclusion Principle, Periodic Table, X-Ray Spectra and Atomic Number, Dipole Moments and Angular Momentum, Fluorescence and Phosphorescence, Lasers, Bonding in Molecules and Solids, Potential Energy Diagrams, Molecular Spectra, Free Electron Theory of Metals, Band Theory, Semiconductors and Doping, Diodes and Transistors.

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

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.

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 UoN 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

An additional one hour introductory lab for new students


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