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PHYS2922: Physics 2B (Special Studies Program)

Are you someone with a very strong interest in Physics who wants a more open-ended approach to your learning? This unit of study delves into the topics of Quantum physics, Electromagnetic Properties of Matter, and Computational Physics (Laboratory). In Quantum physics, you will learn about the fundamentals of quantum mechanics, including the quantum physics of two-level systems (such as the Stern-Gerlach experiment, single-photon interferometry, two-level atoms, and spin-1/2 particles in a magnetic field), quantum measurement and its consequences for non-classical behavior, non-classical properties of quantum entanglement and the implications of Bell nonlocality, wavefunction approaches to quantum mechanics, including the Schroedinger equation, and the quantum harmonic oscillator. In Electromagnetics, you will learn about electrostatics, Gauss's Law, electric potential, capacitance and dielectrics, conductors, magnetism and magnetic materials (ferromagnetism, paramagnetism, diamagnetism), and Laplace's equation. Computational Physics Lab will involve you performing numerical calculations and simulations that essentially conduct virtual experiments in Quantum Physics, which illustrate and extend the relevant lectures. The lecture modules will be identical to PHYS2912 Physics 2B (Advanced) but the labs will be different. The differentiation from PHYS2912 Physics 2B (Advanced) is that the Computational Lab module for PHYS2922 Physics 2B (SSP) offers open-ended style, prescribed exercises in place of conventional prescribed exercises, as well as the option of doing a research style project (subject to not also choosing a 2nd research project in the Experimental Lab of Phys2923 Astrophysics and Relativity (SSP)).

Details

Academic unit Physics Academic Operations
Unit code PHYS2922
Unit name Physics 2B (Special Studies Program)
Session, year
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Semester 2, 2020
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

Prohibitions
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PHYS2012 or PHYS2912
Prerequisites
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75 or above in (PHYS1003 or PHYS1004 or PHYS1902 or PHYS1904) and 75 or above in (PHYS1001 or PHYS1002 or PHYS1901 or PHYS1903 or PHYS2011 or PHYS2911 or PHYS2921).
Corequisites
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None
Assumed knowledge
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(MATH1X21 or MATH1931 or MATH1X01 or MATH1906) and (MATH1X02) and (MATH1X23 or MATH1933 or MATH1X03 or MATH1907) and (MATH1X05)

Available to study abroad and exchange students

Yes

Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Joe Khachan, joe.khachan@sydney.edu.au
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam (Open book) Type C final exam Final examination
Written exam
50% Formal exam period 2 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO5 LO7
Small test Electromagnetic properties of matter quiz
EM Prop. Matt. online Quizzes x 5 top 3 quizzes count
7.5% Multiple weeks See Canvas
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO7 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO2
Assignment Quantum physics
Quantum physics written assessment
5% Week 04 See Canvas
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5
Small test Computational physics lab test
Computational physics online practical test
5% Week 05 See Canvas
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO7 LO5 LO3 LO2
Small test Quantum physics quiz
Quantum Physics online quiz
7.5% Week 06 See Canvas
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO7 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO2
Assignment Electromagnetic properties of matter - assignment
EM Prop. Matt. written assessment
5% Week 11 See Canvas
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO5 LO7
Small test Computational physics lab exam
Comp. Physics online practical exam.
12% Week 12 See Canvas
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5 LO4 LO2
Small continuous assessment Computational physics
Comp. Phys. online Lab exercises
8% Weekly See Canvas
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO7 LO5 LO2
Type C final exam = Type C final exam ?
  • Computational physics: This assessment requires students to attend and complete weekly labs.
  • Computational physics exam: This assessment is an in-lab, open book examination.
  • Final examination: This assessment consists of two parts; electromagnetic properties of matter and quantum physics. Lists of physical constants and formulas needed are provided in the paper.

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range

Description

High distinction

85 - 100

At HD level, a student demonstrates a flair for the subject and comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the unit material. A ‘High Distinction’ reflects exceptional achievement and is awarded to a student who demonstrates the ability to apply subject knowledge to novel situations.

Distinction

75 - 84

At DI level, a student demonstrates an aptitude for the subject and a solid knowledge and understanding of the unit material. A ‘Distinction’ reflects excellent achievement and is awarded to a student who demonstrates an ability to apply the key ideas of the subject.

Credit

65 - 74

At CR level, a student demonstrates a good command and knowledge of the unit material. A ‘Credit’ reflects solid achievement and is awarded to a student who has a broad understanding of the unit material but has not fully developed the ability to apply the key ideas of the subject.

Pass

50 - 64

At PS level, a student demonstrates proficiency in the unit material. A ‘Pass’ reflects satisfactory achievement and is awarded to a student who has threshold knowledge of the subject.

Fail

0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

For more information see sydney.edu.au/students/guide-to-grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Special consideration

If you experience short-term circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, injury or misadventure or if you have essential commitments which impact your preparation or performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website provides information on academic honesty, academic dishonesty, and the resources available to all students.

The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic dishonesty or plagiarism seriously.

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of dishonesty, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Quantum physics Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Computational physics Computer laboratory (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO5 LO6 LO7
Quantum Physics Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO6 LO7
Week 02 Quantum physics Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Computational physics Computer laboratory (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO5 LO6 LO7
Quantum Physics Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO6 LO7
Week 03 Quantum physics Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Computational physics Computer laboratory (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO5 LO6 LO7
Quantum Physics Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO6 LO7
Week 04 Quantum physics Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Computational physics Computer laboratory (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO5 LO6 LO7
Quantum Physics Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO6 LO7
Week 05 Quantum physics Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Computational physics Computer laboratory (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO5 LO6 LO7
Quantum Physics Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO6 LO7
Week 06 Quantum physics Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Computational physics Computer laboratory (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO5 LO6 LO7
Quantum Physics Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO6 LO7
Week 07 Electromagnetic properties of matter Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Computational physics Computer laboratory (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO5 LO6 LO7
Quantum Physics Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO6 LO7
Week 08 Electromagnetic properties of matter Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Computational physics Computer laboratory (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO5 LO6 LO7
Electromagnetic properties of matter Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO6 LO7
Week 09 Electromagnetic properties of matter Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Computational physics Computer laboratory (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO5 LO6 LO7
Electromagnetic properties of matter Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO6 LO7
Week 10 Electromagnetic properties of matter Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Computational physics Computer laboratory (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO5 LO6 LO7
Electromagnetic properties of matter Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO6 LO7
Week 11 Electromagnetic properties of matter Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Computational physics Computer laboratory (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO5 LO6 LO7
Electromagnetic properties of matter Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO6 LO7
Week 12 Electromagnetic properties of matter Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Computational physics Computer laboratory (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO5 LO6 LO7
Electromagnetic properties of matter Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO6 LO7

Attendance and class requirements

During COVID-19 restrictions, all lectures, tutorials and computational physics classes  and exams will be available online.

SSP students wishing to undertake a research project in place of the computational physics module can expect to do one computational lab exercise before undertaking their research project. The total marks for the one lab + research project is equivalent to the marks for all of the computational physics module (that it, 25%)

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University’s graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

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

  • LO1. understand the key concepts in two foundation areas of physics - quantum physics and electromagnetic properties of matter
  • LO2. apply these concepts to develop models, and to solve qualitative and quantitative problems in scientific and engineering contexts, using appropriate mathematical and computing techniques as necessary
  • LO3. understand the nature of scientific measurement and skills in the measurement of physical quantities and the handling of data
  • 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.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
GQ1 GQ2 GQ3 GQ4 GQ5 GQ6 GQ7 GQ8 GQ9
No changes have been made since this unit was last offered

QUANTUM PHYSICS

Aims are:

  • To lay out the fundamental concepts underlying quantum mechanics, building on the ideas covered in Junior Physics;
  • To develop competence in describing the quantum physics of two-level systems, such as the Stern-Gerlach experiment, single-photon interferometry, two-level atoms, and spin-1/2 particles in a magnetic field.
  • To develop competence in the description of quantum measurement, and to appreciate the consequences of quantum measurement for non-classical behavior;
  • To develop an appreciation and understanding of the non-classical properties of quantum entanglement, and the implications of Bell nonlocality;
  • To develop an introductory understanding of wavefunction approaches to quantum mechanics, including the Schroedinger equation as a partial differential equation, and the quantum harmonic oscillator.

Part 1. 'Case Studies' of Two-Dimensional Quantum Systems

Part 2. States, Observables, and Measurements

Part 3. Quantum Dynamics

Part 4. Entanglement, Einstein's Incompleteness and Bell's Theorem

Part 5. Particles in Space

Part 6. Quantum Harmonic Oscillator

ELECTROMAGNETIC PROPERTIES OF MATTER

The presence of matter such as insulating, conducting or magnetic materials, changes the properties of electromagnetic fields considerably, with important applications in technology and fundamental science. To understand how electromagnetic fields behave in matter, we have to understand how a very large collection of nuclei and electrons react to fields and generate their own fields. We will start from microscopic models and extend Maxwell's equations for fields in and around matter, and discuss a number of practical applications, including for energy storage, communications, levitating frogs, optics and even invisibility cloaks.

There are four parts to this module, each with their own page. Lecture notes and slides are on these pages:

1. Dielectrics

2. Conductors

3. Magnetism

4. Laplace equation (not examinable).

Work, health and safety

We are governed by the Work Health and Safety Act 2011, Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 and Codes of Practice. Penalties for non-compliance have increased. Everyone has a responsibility for health and safety at work. The University’s Work Health and Safety policy explains the responsibilities and expectations of workers and others, and the procedures for managing WHS risks associated with University activities.

General Laboratory Safety Rules

  • No eating or drinking is allowed in any laboratory under any circumstances 

  • A laboratory coat and closed-toe shoes are mandatory 

  • Follow safety instructions in your manual and posted in laboratories 

  • In case of fire, follow instructions posted outside the laboratory door 

  • First aid kits, eye wash and fire extinguishers are located in or immediately outside each laboratory 

As a precautionary measure, it is recommended that you have a current tetanus immunisation. This can be obtained from University Health Service: unihealth.usyd.edu.au/

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