PHYS1002 Modern Physics

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Multi-mode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Physics major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Mathematical and Physical Sciences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 1 elective
The content of this unit includes the physical principles underlying special relativity, magnetism, quantum and particle physics. 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 practical class activities.
Students are able to (1) analyse the concepts and physical principles involved in the foundations of special relativity, magnetism, particle physics and introductory quantum mechanics.; (2) communicate ideas, both orally and written, relating to the foundations of special relativity, magnetism, particle physics and introductory quantum mechanics; (3) solve problems in a range of realistic situations relating to the foundations of special relativity, magnetism, particle physics and introductory quantum mechanics.; (4) execute a series of experiments relevant to physics; and (5) evaluate the results of an experiment relevant to physics.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tests and problem solving; (2) laboratory; and (3) final 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 requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the laboratory component.

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)
Dr Matthew Young (Semester 1) and Dr Ralph James (Semester 2)
Unit rules
(PHYS1001 Physics for Scientists and Engineers
PHYS1003 Classical and Frontier Physics)
(ATAR Mathematics Specialist
MATH1722 Mathematics Foundations: Specialist
MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus
MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods
PHYS1102 Advanced Physics B
Contact hours
Semester 1 [multi-mode]: Laboratories: 1 lab per fortnight; online recorded lectures: 3 x 45 minutes per week; weekly 1 hour 45 minute practical classes.
Semester 2 [face to face]: Laboratories: 1 lab per fortnight; Lectures: 3 x 45 minutes per week; weekly 45 minute practical classes.
  • 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 via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.