PHYS4010 Special Topics in Theoretical Physics

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours option in Mathematics and Statistics; Physics [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]
Content
This unit builds on a solid foundation of mathematics and physics established in an undergraduate Physics major. The unit comprises lecture modules, with 18 lectures being compulsory and the remaining 18 lectures being drawn from a selection of elective modules. The unit covers material drawn from a range of topics in theoretical physics, including (1) electrodynamics; (2) relativistic electrodynamics; (3) general relativity; and (4) quantum field theory.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) solve advanced problems in theoretical physics; (2) explain the relationships between the physical principles that apply in diverse areas of theoretical physics; and (3) apply these theoretical principles to the solution of complex problems.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignment problems; (2) oral examination or seminar presentation; and (3) final written examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Li Ju
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
completion of the core and complementary units for the Physics major
or
equivalent
Co-requisites:
MATH4403 Advanced Mathematics 1
or
enrolment in honours in Mathematics and Statistics
Advisable prior study:
MATH3031 Algebraic Structures and Symmetry, MATH3032 Analysis and Geometry
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week (may be recorded); practical classes 1 hour per week for 13 weeks
Unit Outline
Semester 1_2019 [SEM-1_2019]
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