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PHS2022 - Physics: electromagnetism, light and entropy

6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Science

Leader(s): Dr Greg Jakovidis


Clayton Second semester 2009 (Day)


  1. Electrodynamics: electro- and magnetostatics; electric and magnetic fields in matter; Maxwell's equations.
  2. Optics: geometric optics; polarization; birefringence; optical fibres; interferometry; diffraction.
  3. Statistical Physics: introduction to statistical physics concepts; temperature; Helmholtz free energy and the partition function; application of concepts to the ideal gas.


On completion of this unit, students will be able to: explain and apply the key concepts of electromagnetism and statistical physics to a variety of phenomena; describe a range of optical instruments and their uses; use modern instruments and methods to acquire, manipulate and interpret physical data; write scientific reports at a level suitable for publication.


Examinations (One x 3 hours and One x 2 hours): 50%
Assignments: 16%
Practical work (compulsory): 34%
Students must achieve a pass mark in the practical component to achieve an overall pass grade.

Contact hours

Three 1-hour lecture/problem classes and one 3-hour laboratory class per week


PHS1011 or PHS1080, PHS1022, MTH1030 and MTH2010

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