MODERN PHYSICS

PHY2MOD

2014

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

On completion of this subject, students will be able to solve problems in modern physics 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 modern physics. Two key areas of modern physics, special relativity and quantum mechanics are explored. Special relativity considers Einstein's postulates, including simultaneity, mass-energy equivalence, causality, and electromagnetism. In quantum mechanics, students develop their understanding of quantisation, wave-particle duality, expectation values and operators, stationary and time-dependent states, quantisation of angular momentum and spin. Students will conduct three experimental investigations related to these topics. Knowledge and competence in the material presented in PHY1SCA, PHY1SCB, MAT1CNS or MAT1NLA and MAT1CLA or MAT1CDE is assumed.

FacultyFaculty of Science, Tech & Engineering

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorChanh Tran

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 and MAT1CLA or MAT1CDE, or equivalent, or approval from the Department of Physics adviser of studies.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects PHY2SCA, PHY20SCI, PHY21SCA

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsModern Physics, 4th EditionPrescribedTipler, P. A., and R. A. LlewellynW. H. FREEMAN AND CO., NEW YORK, ISBN-10: 0716743450, 2002.

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Bendigo, 2014, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKatherine Legge

Class requirements

Laboratory Class Week: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments%
Assignments20
Exam60
Labs20

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorChanh Tran

Class requirements

Laboratory Class Week: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Tutorial Week: 11 - 22
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments%
Assignments20
Exam60
Labs20