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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

On completion of this subject, students will be able to solve problems in classical electromagnetism and modern materials science which provide a basis for further study in physics, engineering or another science. They will be able to use the essential apparatus in a physics laboratory to take and analyse measurements, and understand the vocabulary and concepts of classical electromagnetism and modern materials science. The topics covered include electrostatics, magnetostatics, induction, conductivity, crystal structure and electronic structure. Students will conduct three experimental investigations related to these topics. This subject and the subjects PHY2MOD and PHY2OPT together constitute a mainstream course in physics at the second-year level. Knowledge and competence in the material presented in PHY1SCA, PHY1SCB, MAT1CNS or MAT1NLA and MAT1CLA or MAT1CDE is assumed.

SchoolSchool of Molecular Sciences/LIMS

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDavid Hoxley

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites PHY1SCA and PHY1SCB and (MAT1CNS or MAT1NLA or MAT1CPE) and (MAT1CLA or MAT1CDE)


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsIntroduction to Materials Science and Engineering, 7th editionPrescribedShakelford, JF 2009PRENTICE HALL, ISBN-10: 013601260
ReadingsIntroduction to electrodynamics (fourth edition)PrescribedGriffiths, DJPRENTICE HALL

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Diagrammatically represent, analyse and / or solve conceptual and mathematical problems related to electromagnetism and materials science.

Students are assessed via six assignments, submitted via the LMS. In these assignments, students work in groups to generate answers of around 10 typeset pages in length to conceptual and mathematical questions. Students sit a final end of semester exam comprising short answer questions.

02. Use accurate terminology and appropriate units to describe physical phenomena related to electromagnetism and materials science.

Students are required to use appropriate terminology and units in all assessment elements (namely assignments, laboratory reports and exam).

03. Perform experiments related to electromagnetism and materials science using standard physics laboratory techniques, equipment and software and assess the data to check for inappropriate, irrelevant or spurious results.

Students complete two extended laboratory experiments of nine hours in total for each experiment, and submit a report that indicates their ability to detail and assess experimental data. Students follow written and verbal laboratory instructions to conduct the experiments accurately and safely.

04. Explain and interpret laboratory results in the context of electromagnetism and materials science.

Students submit two laboratory reports detailing their interpretation of the results. The laboratory report mark contains a writing component. Students conduct an oral interview with a laboratory demonstrator at the completion of each experiment where their understanding of the underlying physics concepts, experimental approaches, data and error analysis, and maturity in diagnosing and solving problems are assessed. Students give an oral presentation about one of the first two experiments they have conducted where they explain and interpret their results to a peer group and the lecturer.

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