Physics 2B (PHYS2012)


This unit of study is designed for students continuing with the study of Physics at the general Intermediate level, and represents the beginning of a more in-depth study of the main topics of classical and modern physics. The modules in this unit of study are: Quantum Physics: The behaviour of matter and radiation at the microscopic level. Electromagnetic Properties of Matter: Electric and magnetic effects in materials; the combination of electric and magnetic fields to produce light and other electromagnetic waves; the effects of matter on electromagnetic waves. Computational Physics: The computational physics component is similar to that of PHYS2011.

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Further unit of study information


Three 1-hour lectures per week; one 2-hour computational laboratory per week for 11 weeks.


One 3-hour exam, assignments, one 1-hour computational test, computational lab work and project, practical work and report (100%).


Serway, Moses and Moyer. Modern Physics. 3rd edition. Brooks/Cole. 2005.

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


(PHYS1003 or PHYS1004 or PHYS1902) and (PHYS1001 or PHYS1002 or PHYS1901 or PHYS2011 or PHYS2911)

Assumed knowledge

(MATH1001 or MATH1901) and (MATH1002 or MATH1902) and (MATH1003 or MATH1903) and (MATH1005 or MATH1905)


PHYS2102 or PHYS2104 or PHYS2902 or PHYS2002 or PHYS2912 or PHYS2213 or PHYS2203

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If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.