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PHS2022

Faculty of Science

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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

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

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedClayton Second semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Lincoln Turner

Synopsis

  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.

Objectives

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.

Assessment

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.

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Lincoln Turner

Contact hours

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

Prerequisites

PHS1011 or PHS1080, PHS1022, MTH1030 and MTH2010