PHYS2002 The Physics of Particles

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Mathematical and Physical Sciences
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) quasi-particles and condensed matter 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 underlying thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, nuclear physics and particle physics.; (2) communicate ideas, both orally and written, relating to thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, nuclear physics and particle physics, and performed experiments.; (3) solve problems in a range of realistic situations relating to thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, nuclear physics and particle physics.; (4) execute an experiment relevant to physics.; and (5) evaluate the results of an experiment relevant to physics..
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) laboratory; (2) tests; 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)
Professor Ian McArthur
Unit rules
PHYS1001 Physics for Scientists and Engineers
PHYS1002 Modern Physics
(MATH1001 Mathematical Methods 1
MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus)
Contact hours
Lectures: average 3 hours per week; Practical Classes: 1 hour per week; Project/Laboratory Work: 18 hours per semester (6 x 3 hours)
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