|Details for undergraduate courses|
|Content||The content of this unit includes the underlying physical principles of (1) thermodynamics—exact and inexact differentials, quasistatic processes, thermodynamic potentials as the drivers of change; (2) statistical mechanics—the microcanonical ensemble, the canonical ensemble, the ideal gas and real gases, Einstein's solid, the grand canonical ensemble, Bose and Fermi distributions and gases; (3) nuclear physics—basic nuclear properties, radioactive decay, semi-empirical mass formula and liquid drop model, fusion on the main sequence; and (4) particle physics—description of interactions in terms of virtual particle exchange, electromagnetics, weak and strong interactions, residual strong interaction. 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, mathematical exploration and solution are fostered through assignment sheets and tutorial activities.|
|Outcomes||Students are able to (1) develop understanding of the physical principles underlyng thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, nuclear physics and particle physics; (2) 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 range of conceptual physical situations; (5) develop understanding of the physical principles of measurement, experimental technique, quantitative analysis and data analysis relevant to physics; and (6) develop and apply written communication skills appropriate to the discipline of physics.|
|Assessment||Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) assignments; (2) laboratory; (3) tests; and (4) an 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 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)||Professor Ian McArthur|
|Contact hours||lectures: average 3 hours per week; tutorials: 1 hour per week; project/lab work: 18 hours per semester|
Current information is available in the School of Physics textbooks list.