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PHYS1902: Physics 1B (Advanced)

2024 unit information

Physics is the study of matter and energy and how they interact. It underpins all other sciences, and is the foundation of all engineering and technology. This unit of study forms part of a broad overview of the major topics of physics, which provides the necessary background knowledge and practice of scientific skills for students who wish to enrol in intermediate units of study in physics. You will cover the topics of electromagnetism, fluids, and quantum physics. You will develop experimental skills, and through enquiry, observation and measurement you will learn how to apply your physical understanding to real-world problems. This unit of study is intended for students who have a strong background in Physics and an interest in studying more advanced topics, with more rigorous proofs. Students who have completed PHYS1001 or PHYS1002 at Distinction level may enrol.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Physics Academic Operations

Code PHYS1902
Academic unit Physics Academic Operations
Credit points 6
Recommended Co-requisites: (MATH1003 or MATH1903) and (MATH1005 or MATH1905)
PHYS1003 or PHYS1004 or PHYS1904
Assumed knowledge:
(85 or above in HSC Physics or equivalent) OR (75 or above in one of PHYS1001 or PHYS1002) OR (PHYS1901 or PHYS1903). Students are also encouraged to take (MATH1X23 or MATH1933 or MATH1X03 or MATH1907) and MATH1X05 concurrently

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate an understanding of the key concepts of the behaviour of fluids, the interaction between electricity, magnetism and matter, and the fundamental concepts of quantum physics and its application to modern technology
  • LO2. apply these concepts to develop models, and to solve qualitative and quantitative problems in scientific and engineering contexts with articular reference to applications in modern technology
  • LO3. demonstrate basic experimental skills in the use of electrical measuring instruments and the ability to devise and carry out a scientific investigation that includes measuring physical quantities, analysis and interpretation of results
  • LO4. find and analyse information and judge its reliability and significance
  • LO5. communicate scientific information appropriately, both orally and through written work
  • LO6. engage in team and group work for scientific investigations and for the process of learning
  • LO7. demonstrate a sense of responsibility, ethical behaviour and independence as a learner and as a scientist.

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2020
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2021
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2021
Normal day Remote
Semester 2 2022
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2022
Normal day Remote
Semester 2 2023
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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