PHYS4010 Special Topics in Theoretical Physics

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours option in Mathematics and Statistics; Physics [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]
This unit builds on a solid foundation of mathematics and physics established in an undergraduate Physics major. The unit comprises lecture modules, with 18 lectures being compulsory and the remaining 18 lectures being drawn from a selection of elective modules. The unit covers material drawn from a range of topics in theoretical physics, including (1) electrodynamics; (2) relativistic electrodynamics; (3) general relativity; and (4) quantum field theory.
Students are able to (1) solve advanced problems in theoretical physics; (2) explain the relationships between the physical principles that apply in diverse areas of theoretical physics; and (3) apply these theoretical principles to the solution of complex problems.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignment problems; (2) oral examination or seminar presentation; and (3) final written examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Li Ju
Unit rules
completion of the core and complementary units for the Physics major
MATH4403 Advanced Mathematics 1
enrolment in honours in Mathematics and Statistics
Advisable prior study:
MATH3031 Algebraic Structures and Symmetry, MATH3032 Analysis and Geometry
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week (may be recorded); practical classes 1 hour per week for 13 weeks
Unit Outline
Semester 1_2019 [SEM-1_2019]
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