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 use the essential apparatus in a physics laboratory to take and analyse measurements, and master the vocabulary and essential concepts of classical electromagnetism and modern materials science. Students investigate electrostatics, magnetostatics, induction, conductivity, crystal structure and phase. Students will conduct three experimental investigations into electromagnetism and modern materials. Additionally, students individually solve a simple research problem solvable by computational methods. The approach and results of these investigations are summarised in written reports. This subject is available to postgraduate students as part of a group of electives which deepen their knowledge of physics and introduce research-related skills.

FacultyFaculty of Science, Tech & Engineering

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorChanh Tran

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Approval from the Department of Physics adviser of studies.


Incompatible subjects PHY20ENG, PHY22ENG, PHY22SCB, PHY2EPB, PHY2SCB, PHY2EMM

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsIntroduction to Electrodynamics (Fourth Edition)PrescribedGriffiths, D. J.PRENTICE HALL
ReadingsIntroduction to Materials Science and Engineering (7th Edition)PrescribedShakelford, J. F.PRENTICE HALL, ISBN-10: 013601260 (2009)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorChanh Tran

Class requirements

Laboratory Class Week: 31 - 43
One 3.0 hours laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
Two 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%
One 3-hour Exam comprising short-answer questions60
Report on research problem (3000 words)10
Six assignments (each 3-5 pages) and six online quizzes20
Three oral reports on laboratory activities3
Three written reports on laboratory activities (1000 words each)7