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Unit Overview


This is a core unit exclusive to the Frontier Physics major. It offers the opportunity to study the fundamental principles of modern physics while also exploring the frontiers of physics. This unit shares content with PHYS1002 Modern Physics, which examines the physical principles underlying selected topics in modern physics including: special relativity, magnetism, electrical circuits and the physics of particles. In addition, the unit includes advanced laboratory projects that explore the boundaries of modern physics and provide students with direct experience in frontier physics.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Frontier Physics major sequence

Students are able to (1) explain the fundamental principles underlying special relativity, magnetism, electrical circuits and the physics of particles; (2) develop and apply problem identification and mathematical solution skills in a physical context; (3) develop skills in measurement, experimental technique and quantitative analysis relevant to physics; (4) evaluate the results of an experiment on a scale between modern and frontier physics; (5) execute an experiment on a scale between modern and frontier physics; and (6) communicate ideas relating to the course content and perform experiments using written, visual and oral means.


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.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Gareth Jay
Unit rules
Enrolment in
in the CM015 Bachelor of Science [Frontier Physics] and Master of Physics and the MJD-FRODM Frontier Physics major
and PHYS1100 Classical and Frontier Physics
PHYS1002 Modern Physics
Advisable prior study
MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus
Contact hours
Laboratories: 1 lab per fortnight
Lectures: 3 x 45 minutes per week
weekly 45 minute practical classes, workshops 6-hrs
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  • 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.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.