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Unit Overview

Description

This is the foundation unit of the Combined Bachelor 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 includes confirming the evidence of dark matter using the UWA Small Radio Telescope to measure the rotation curve of the Milky Way galaxy.

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Frontier Physics major sequence
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.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Ralph James and Mr Matthew Young
Unit rules
Prerequisites
Enrolment in in the CM015 Bachelor of Science [Frontier Physics] and Master of Physics and the MJD-FRODM Frontier Physics major and
Physics ATAR
or PHYS1030 Physics Bridging Unit
and
Mathematics Methods ATAR
or MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods
and
Mathematics Specialist ATAR
or MATH1722 Mathematics Foundations: Specialist
Incompatibility
PHYS1001 Physics for Scientists and Engineers
Contact hours
labs: 5 x 3 hours
online recorded lectures: 3 x 45 minutes per week
and weekly 2 hour 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.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.