UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

PHYS1002 Modern Physics

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Physics major sequence
  • Category B broadening unit for Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Design students
  • Level 1 elective
Content The content of this unit includes the physical principles underlying special relativity, magnetism, resonance, quantum physics, experimental physics and astronomy. The content is explored with reference to a range of applications and physical contexts, and developed and applied through a series of laboratory tasks. Skills in problem identification and mathematical solution are fostered through assignment sheets and tutorial activities.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) develop understanding of physical principles underlying magnetism, special relativity, resonance, quantum physics, experimental physics and astronomy; (2) develop and apply critical thinking skills in a range of conceptual physical situations; (3) use appropriate mathematical techniques; (4) develop and apply problem identification and mathematical solution skills in a physical context; (5) develop skills in measurement, experimental technique and quantitative analysis relevant to physics; and (6) develop oral presentation skills.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) assignments; (2) laboratory tasks; (3) two scheduled tests; and (4) end-of-semester examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite standard(s) for the laboratory tasks component of the unit, as specified in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s) John Brookes
Unit rules
Prerequisites: PHYS1001 Physics for Scientists and Engineers and (ATAR Mathematics Specialist or WACE Mathematics Specialist 3C/3D or MATH1722 Mathematics Foundations: Specialist or MATH1001 Mathematical Methods 1 or MATH1002 Mathematical Methods 2 or MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus or MATH1012 Mathematical Theory & Methods or equivalent)
Incompatibility: PHYS1102 Advanced Physics B
Contact hours Semester 2: labs: 6 x 3 hours; lectures: 3 x 45 minutes per week; tutorial support available
Semester 1: labs: 6 x 3 hours; online recorded lectures: 3 x 45 minutes per week; weekly 45 minute tutorials

Current information is available in the School of Physics textbooks list.

  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.