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Intermediate Physics(Physics 1)
 
Intermediate Physics Units

The School of Physics offers students in the Faculty of Science one six credit point unit in first semester (at both Normal and Advanced levels) and two in second semester (again at both Normal and Advanced levels). The outline of these six units, and PHYS 2213 for Engineering students, is given in the following Table.

Unit Semester Lectures Computational
Physics
Experimental
Lab
PHYS 2011/2911 1 Optics 12
Nuclear & Particle Physics 10
Optics 9 weeks 9 weeks
PHYS 2012/2912 2 Quantum Physics 19
EM Properties 19
Quantum 10 weeks --
PHYS 2013/2913 2 Stellar Astrophyics 12
Special Relativity 10
-- 12 weeks
PHYS 2213
(Engineering
students)
2 Optics 13
EM Properties 12
Solid state/devices 13
Optics 10 weeks --

Each unit is divided into modules, usually presented by several different lecturers.

  • Most Intermediate Physics Units of Study have resources provided on WebCT pages (as indicated by the link in the Unit title bar). Students enrolled in those Units can then use the WebCT link to access their own myWebCT page and hence the web resources for that unit.
  • Information on most Modules is accessible to anyone by clicking on the Module name to download the Module Outline in PDF format.
    To view PDF files you will need the Acrobat Reader which can be downloaded for free from the USYDNet site at http://helpdesk.usyd.edu.au/software.html

After completing Intermediate Physics, consider the Year in Industry program which provides students with the opportunity to spend a year using their Physics experience to work in industry between their Intermediate and Senior years.

 
PHYS 2011 Physics 2A WebCT

Time of Offer:   1st Semester
Credit Points:     6

This unit of study continues a first pass through all major branches of classical and modern physics, providing students with a sound basis for later Physics units or for studies in other areas of science or technology. Hence this unit suits students continuing with the study of physics at the general Intermediate level, and those wishing to round out their knowledge of physics before continuing in other fields. Some components of this unit are in common with PHYS 2911 Physics 2A (Advanced).

Modules studied: Optics; Computational Physics - Optics; Nuclear and Particle Physics; Experimental Physics

PHYS 2011 Handbook (2006)


PHYS 2911 Physics 2A (Advanced) WebCT

Time of Offer:   1st Semester
Credit Points:     6

This unit continues a first pass through all major branches of classical and modern physics for students with a strong interest in Physics and who have achieved a grade of Credit, or better, in both semesters of Junior Physics (any units except PHYS 1500). Some components of this unit are in common with PHYS 2011 Physics 2A.

Modules studied: Optics; Computational Physics - Optics; Nuclear and Particle Physics; Experimental Physics

PHYS 2911 Handbook (2006)







PHYS 2012  Physics 2B WebCT

Time of Offer:   2nd Semester
Credit Points:     6

This unit of study is designed for students continuing with the study of physics at the general Intermediate level, and represents the beginning of a more in-depth study of the main topics of classical and modern physics. Some components of this unit are in common with PHYS 2912 Physics 2B (Advanced).
Note that this unit has no Experimental Physics component.

Modules studied: Quantum Physics; Computational Physics - Quantum Physics; Electromagnetic Properties of Matter

PHYS 2012 Handbook (2006)


PHYS 2912  Physics 2B (Advanced) WebCT

Time of Offer:   2nd Semester
Credit Points:     6

This unit presents the beginning of a more in-depth study of the main topics of classical and modern physics for students with a strong interest in Physics and who have achieved a grade of Credit, or better, in both semesters of Junior Physics (any units except PHYS 1500). Some components of this unit are in common with PHYS 2912 Physics 2B (Advanced).
Note that this unit has no Experimental Physics component.

Modules studied: Quantum Physics; Computational Physics - Quantum Physics; Electromagnetic Properties of Matter

PHYS 2912 Handbook (2006)





PHYS 2013  Astrophysics and Relativity WebCT


Time of Offer:   2nd Semester
Credit Points:     6

This unit presents exciting and important applications of the Physics you have learned up to now. Some components of this unit are in common with PHYS 2913 Astrophysics and Relativity (Advanced).
Students intending to major in Physics are strongly recommended to take PHYS 2013 or PHYS 2913.


Modules studied: Stellar Astrophysics; Special Relativity; Experimental Physics

PHYS 2013 Handbook (2006)


PHYS 2913  Astrophysics and Relativity (Advanced) WebCT


Time of Offer:   2nd Semester
Credit Points:     6

This unit presents exciting and important applications of the Physics you have learned up to now at a level appropriate for students with a strong interest in Physics and who have achieved a grade of Credit, or better, in both semesters of Junior Physics (any units except PHYS 1500). Some components of this unit are in common with PHYS 2013 Astrophysics and Relativity.
Students intending to major in Physics are strongly recommended to take PHYS 2013 or PHYS 2913.


Modules studied: Stellar Astrophysics; Special Relativity; Experimental Physics

PHYS 2913 Handbook (2006)





PHYS 2213 Physics 2EE WebCT


Time of Offer:   2nd Semester
Credit Points:     6

This unit of study is intended for students from Electrical and Information Engineering in the Electrical, Computer and Telecommunications Engineering courses. It is designed to build on topics in Junior Physics to provide a knowledge of areas of Physics of particular relevance to further study in Electrical Engineering and related engineering areas.

Modules studied: Optical Devices; Computational Physics - Optics ; Electromagnetic Properties of Matter; Solid State and Device Physics

PHYS 2213 Handbook (2006)

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