PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICS B
Credit points: 15
On completion of this subject, students will be able to solve problems in electromagnetism and modern physics, which provide the basis for further study in physics, engineering or another science. They will be able to apply the concepts and terminology of electromagnetism and modern physics to solve related problems. The topics covered include optics, electrostatics, magnetostatics, magnetic induction, special relativity, nuclear and atomic structure. Students will conduct nine experimental investigations related to these topics. This subject and the first semester subject PHY1SCA together constitute a mainstream course in Physics at the first-year level. Knowledge and competence in the material presented in VCE physics and maths is assumed.
SchoolSchool of Molecular Sciences/LIMS
Subject Co-ordinatorDavid Hoxley
Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes
Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG
Incompatible subjects PHY11PAA, PHY12AGR, PHY12PAB, PHY10SCI, PHY1LSB
Equivalent subjects PHY10SCI
|Resource Type||Title||Resource Requirement||Author and Year||Publisher|
|Readings||Physics for scientists and engineers: A strategic approach, with modern physics||Prescribed||Knight, RD 2008||3RD ED, PEARSON ADDISON WESLEY, SAN FRANCISCO|
|Readings||FSTE First Year Survival Guide (second edition)||Recommended||Faculty of Science, Technology and Engineering||LA TROBE UNIVERSITY 2012|
Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes
01. Diagrammatically represent, analyse and/or solve conceptual and mathematical problems related to optics, electromagnetism and modern physics.
- Students are assessed via 12 online quizzes and problem-solving classes. In the online quizzes, students answer conceptual and mathematical multiple choice questions. In problem classes, students solve short answer problems. Students sit a mid-semester multiple choice quiz, and a final end of semester exam comprising short answer questions.
02. Use accurate terminology and appropriate SI units to describe physical phenomena related to thermal physics and radiation.
- Students are required to use appropriate terminology and SI units in all assessment elements (namely problem classes, online quizzes, laboratory reports and exams).
03. Perform experiments related to electromagnetism, optics, radiation and relativity using standard physics laboratory techniques, equipment and software and assess the data to check for inappropriate, irrelevant or spurious results.
- Students complete nine laboratory experiments 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, optics, radiation and relativity.
- Students submit nine laboratory reports detailing their interpretation of the results. The laboratory report mark contains a writing component.
05. Collaborate in pairs to complete laboratory experiments and submit reports.
- The teamwork component of the laboratory report mark assesses the participation of each student in completing the experiment. Students are expected to submit their own work (as instructed in the laboratory sessions). If they fail to do so, they are counselled after the first occasion by the demonstrator. For subsequent plagiarism, no marks are awarded and they are interviewed by the subject coordinator.
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Melbourne, 2015, Semester 2, Day
Maximum enrolment sizeN/A
Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDavid Hoxley
Problem Based Learning
One 2.0 hours problem based learning per week on weekdays during the day from week 32 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
Three 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
Nine 3.0 hours laboratory class per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
|laboratory reports/exercises||20||02, 03, 04, 05|
|on-line quizzes||10||01, 02|
|one 1-hour mid semester examination||5||01, 02|
|one 3-hour examination||55||01, 02|
|problem sets||10||01, 02|