PHYS1100 Classical and Frontier Physics

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Frontier Physics major sequence
Content
This is the foundation unit of the Combined Bachelor of Science (Frontier Physics) and Master of Physics course. It offers the opportunity to study the fundamental principles of physics while also exploring the frontiers of physics. This unit shares content with PHYS1001 Physics for Scientists and Engineers, which covers mechanics, heat and thermodynamics, waves and optics, electricity, and the breakdown of classical physics. In addition, the unit includes a number of advanced laboratory projects that explore the boundaries of classical physics and provide students with direct experience in frontier physics. Laboratory projects include confirming the evidence of dark matter using the UWA Small Radio Telescope to measure the rotation curve of the Milky Way galaxy and exploiting intrinsic quantum properties to perform cryptographic tasks that are unconditionally safe.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) explain the fundamental principles underlying mechanics, heat and thermodynamics,
waves and optics, electricity and the breakdown of classical physics
; (2) evaluate the results of an experiment on a scale between classical and frontier physics; (3) execute an experiment on a scale between classical and frontier physics; (4) communicate ideas relating to the course content and perform experiments using
written, visual and oral means
; and (5) communicate ideas relating to the course content and perform experiments using
written, visual and oral means.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) laboratories; (2) assignments; and (3) in-semester tests and 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 laboratories component.

Supplementary assessment is available in this unit for those students who obtain a mark of at least 45 overall provided they have also obtained a mark of at least 45 in a specified component of the unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Ralph James and Mr Matthew Young
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
(Physics ATAR or equivalent or higher) and (Mathematics Methods ATAR or equivalent or higher) and (Mathematics Specialist ATAR or equivalent or higher)
Incompatibility:
PHYS1001 Physics for Scientists and Engineers (ID 1412)
Contact hours
labs: 5 x 3 hours; online recorded lectures: 3 x 45 minutes per week; and weekly 2 hour practical classes
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