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Unit Overview


This unit introduces the underlying physical principles of magnetism and quantum mechanics, providing the necessary tools for understanding and solving problems related to electrical engineering and modern electrical devices. The content of the unit includes:

(1) Magnetism (magnetic fields and forces, Ampere's law, electromagnetic induction, ferromagnetism, complex permittivity);

(2) Introduction to quantum mechanics (the Schrödinger wave equation and its solutions for various potentials); and

(3) Electronic properties of materials (density of states, Fermi-Dirac statistics, semiconductors, currents and non-equilibrium conditions).

The content is explored with reference to a range of applications and physical contexts, including a series of laboratory tasks.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) analyse the concepts and physical principles related to magnetism, the foundations of quantum mechanics and electronic properties of materials; (2) communicate ideas, both orally and written, relating to related to magnetism, the foundations of quantum mechanics and electronic devices; (3) solve problems in a range of realistic situations relating to magnetism, the foundations of quantum mechanics and electronic properties of materials; (4) execute experiments relevant to magnetism and electronic devices; and; and (5) evaluate the results of an experiment to magnetism and electronic devices..


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) in-semester tests and/or quizzes; (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)
Associate Professor Vincent Wallace
Unit rules
MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus
or MATX1011 Multivariable Calculus
MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods
or MATX1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods
PHYS1001 Physics for Scientists and Engineers
or PHYX1001 Physics for Scientists and Engineers
and Enrolment in
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree
PHYS2001 Quantum Physics and Electromagnetism
Contact hours
Lectures: 3-hours per week
Laboratory: 6 x 3 hours
Practical Classes: 1-hour per week

This unit will be based on a number of recommended texts including:

PhysicsDouglas C. Giancoli

Fundamentals of PhysicsDavid Halliday, Jearl Walker, and Robert Resnick

Essential Quantum Mechanics for Electrical Engineers, Peter Deak


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  • 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.