Physics

Physics

COSC1003 Introduction to Computational Science

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Tara Murphy/Dr Pulin Gong Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2 lectures and 3 practicals per week. Prohibitions: COSC1903 Assumed knowledge: HSC Mathematics, Linear Algebra Assessment: One 2-hour final exam, three assignments, and completion of Computation Lab sessions (100%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
This unit of study focuses on scientific problem solving and data visualization using computers. Students will learn how to solve problems arising in the natural sciences and mathematics using core features of MATLAB and C, with a choice of problems from various areas of science. No previous knowledge of programming is assumed.
COSC1903 Introduction to Computational Sci (Adv)

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Tara Murphy/Dr Pulin Gong Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2 lectures and 3 practicals per week. Prerequisites: ATAR of at least 90 or at least a distinction in INFO1003 or INFO1903. Prohibitions: COSC1003 Assumed knowledge: HSC Mathematics, Linear Algebra Assessment: One 2-hour final exam, three assignments, and completion of Computation Lab sessions (100%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
This unit of study focuses on scientific problem solving and data visualization using computers. Students will learn how to solve problems arising in the natural sciences and mathematics using core features of MATLAB and C, with a choice of problems from various areas of science. No previous knowledge of programming is assumed.
PHYS1001 Physics 1 (Regular)

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: Three 1-hour lectures, one 3-hour laboratory per week for 9 weeks and one 1-hour tutorial per week. Corequisites: Recommended concurrent Units of Study: (MATH1001 or MATH1901) and (MATH1002 or MATH1902) Prohibitions: PHYS1002, PHYS1901, EDUH1017 Assumed knowledge: HSC Physics Assessment: 3 hour exam plus laboratories, assignments and mid-semester tests (100%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
This unit of study is for students who gained 65 marks or better in HSC Physics or equivalent. The lecture series contains three modules on the topics of mechanics, thermal physics, and oscillations and waves.
Textbooks
Young & Freedman. University Physics. 13th edition, with Mastering Physics, Addison-Wesley. 2012. Course lab manual.
PHYS1901 Physics 1A (Advanced)

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: Three 1-hour lectures, one 3-hour laboratory per week for 9 weeks and one 1-hour tutorial per week. Prerequisites: UAI (or ATAR equivalent) of at least 96, or HSC Physics result in Band 6, or PHYS1902, or Distinction or better in (PHYS1003 or PHYS1004) or an equivalent unit. Corequisites: Recommended concurrent Units of Study: (MATH1001 or MATH1901) and (MATH1002 or MATH1902). Prohibitions: PHYS1001, PHYS1002, EDUH1017 Assessment: 3-hour exam plus laboratories, assignments and mid-semester tests (100%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
This unit of study is intended for students who have a strong background in Physics and an interest in studying more advanced topics. It proceeds faster than Physics 1 (Regular), covering further and more difficult material. The lecture series contains modules on the topics of mechanics, thermal physics, oscillations and waves and chaos. The laboratory work also provides an introduction to computational physics using chaos theory as the topic of study.
Textbooks
Young and Freedman. University Physics. 13th edition, with Mastering Physics. Addison-Wesley. 2012. Course lab manual.
PHYS1002 Physics 1 (Fundamentals)

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: Three 1-hour lectures, one 3-hour laboratory per week for 9 weeks and one 1-hour tutorial per week. Corequisites: Recommended concurrent Units of Study: (MATH1001 or MATH1901) and (MATH1002 or MATH1902) Prohibitions: PHYS1001, PHYS1901, EDUH1017 Assumed knowledge: No assumed knowledge of Physics Assessment: 3 hour exam plus laboratories, assignments and mid-semester tests (100%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
This unit of study is designed for students who have not studied Physics previously or scored below 65 in HSC Physics. The lecture series contains modules on the language of physics, mechanics, and oscillations and waves.
Textbooks
College Physics: A Strategic Approach by Knight, Jones and Field, 2nd edition with Mastering Physics. Addison-Wesley. 2012. Course lab manual.
PHYS1902 Physics 1B (Advanced)

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: Three 1-hour lectures, one 3-hour laboratory per week for 10 weeks and one 1-hour tutorial per week. Prerequisites: UAI (or ATAR equivalent) of at least 96, or HSC Physics result in Band 6, or PHYS1901, or Distinction or better in (PHYS1001 or PHYS1002) or an equivalent unit. Corequisites: Recommended concurrent unit of study: (MATH1003 or MATH1903) and (MATH1005 or MATH1905). Prohibitions: PHYS1003, PHYS1004 Assessment: 3-hour exam plus laboratories, and assignments (100%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
Note: It is recommended that PHYS1001 or PHYS1002 or PHYS1901 be completed before this unit
This unit of study is a continuation of the more advanced treatment of Physics 1A (Advanced). Students who have completed PHYS1001 or PHYS1002 at Distinction level may enrol. It proceeds faster than Physics 1 (Technological), covering further and more difficult material. The lecture series contains modules on the topics of fluids, electricity and magnetism, and quantum physics.
Textbooks
Young and Freedman. University Physics, 13th edition, with Mastering Physics. Addison-Wesley. 2012. Course lab manual.
PHYS1003 Physics 1 (Technological)

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: Three 1-hour lectures, one 3-hour laboratory per week for 10 weeks, one 1-hour tutorial per week. Corequisites: Recommended concurrent Units of Study: (MATH1003 or MATH1903) and (MATH1005 or MATH1905). Prohibitions: PHYS1004, PHYS1902 Assumed knowledge: HSC Physics or PHYS1001 or PHYS1002 or PHYS1901 or equivalent. Assessment: 3 hour exam plus laboratories, tutorials, and assignments (100%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
Note: It is recommended that PHYS1001 or PHYS1002 or PHYS1901 be completed before this unit
This unit of study is designed for students majoring in physical and engineering sciences and emphasis is placed on applications of physical principles to the technological world. The lecture series contains modules on the topics of fluids, electromagnetism, and quantum physics.
Textbooks
Young & Freedman. University Physics. 13th edition, with Mastering Physics. Addison-Wesley. Course lab manual.
PHYS1004 Physics 1 (Environmental & Life Science)

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: Three 1-hour lectures, one 3-hour laboratory per week for 10 weeks and one 1-hour tutorial per week. Corequisites: Recommended concurrent Units of Study: (MATH1003 or MATH1903) and (MATH1005 or MATH1905). Prohibitions: PHYS1003, PHYS1902 Assumed knowledge: HSC Physics or PHYS1001 or PHYS1002 or PHYS1901 or equivalent. Assessment: 3-hour exam plus laboratories and assignments (100%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
Note: It is recommended that PHYS1001 or PHYS1002 or PHYS1901 be completed before this unit
This unit of study has been designed specifically for students interested in further study in environmental and life sciences. The lecture series contains modules on the topics of properties of matter, electromagnetism, and radiation and its interactions with matter.
Textbooks
College Physics: A Strategic Approach by Knight, Jones and Field, 2nd edition, with Mastering Physics. Addison-Wesley. 2012. Course lab manual.
PHYS1500 Astronomy

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: Three 1-hour lectures, one 2-hour laboratory and one 1-hour tutorial per week. Assessment: 2 hour exam plus laboratories, assignments and night-viewing project (100%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
Note: No assumed knowledge of Physics.
This unit of study provides a broad understanding of the structure, scale and diversity of the universe and an appreciation of the scientific methods used to achieve this understanding. Current areas of investigation, new ideas and concepts which often receive wide media attention will be used to demonstrate how science attempts to understand new and remote phenomena and how our ideas of our place in the universe are changing. The range of topics includes the planets, the solar system and its origin, spacecraft discoveries, stars, supernova, black holes, galaxies, quasars, cosmology and the Big Bang. It also includes day and night sky observing sessions. This unit of study cannot be counted as part of the 12 credit points of Junior Physics necessary for enrolment in Intermediate Physics.
Textbooks
Bennett, JO et al. The Cosmic Perspective. 6th edition, with Mastering Astronomy. Addison-Wesley. Course lab manual.
PHYS2011 Physics 2A

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: Two 1-hour lectures per week for 11 weeks; one 2-hour computational laboratory and one 3-hour experimental laboratory per week for 10 weeks. Prerequisites: 12 credit points of Junior Physics (excluding PHYS1500) Prohibitions: PHYS2001, PHYS2901, PHYS2911, PHYS2213, PHYS2203 Assumed knowledge: (MATH1001 or MATH1901) and (MATH1002 or MATH1902) and (MATH1003 or MATH1903). MATH1005 or MATH1905 would also be useful Assessment: One 2-hour exam, assignments, one 1-hour computational test, practical work, practical report and presentation, computational lab work (100%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
In combination with two semesters of Junior Physics, this unit of study continues a first pass through the major branches of classical and modern physics, providing students with a sound basis for later Physics units or for studies in other areas of science or technology. Hence, this unit suits students continuing with the study of Physics at the Intermediate level, and those wishing to round out their knowledge of physics before continuing in other fields. The modules in this unit of study are: Optics: The wave nature of light, and its interactions with matter; applications including spectroscopy and fibre optics. Thermodynamics: The thermal properties of matter. Computational Physics: In a PC-based computing laboratory students use simulation software to conduct virtual experiments in physics, which illustrate and extend the relevant lectures. Students also gain general skills in the use of computers to solve problems in physics. An introductory session of MATLAB is held in the first three lab sessions for students who are not familiar with programming. Practical: Experimental Physics is taught as a laboratory module and includes experiments in the areas of electrical circuits, nuclear decay and particles, properties of matter, and other topics. Assessment is based on mastery of each attempted experiment. At the end of the semester students prepare a short report on one experiment and make an oral presentation on it.
Textbooks
Young and Freedman, University Physics, 12th edition. Addison-Wesley. 2008.
PHYS2911 Physics 2A (Advanced)

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: Two 1-hour lectures per week for 11 weeks; one 2-hour computational laboratory and one 3-hour experimental laboratory per week for 10 weeks. Prerequisites: Credit or better average across (PHYS1901 or PHYS1001 or PHYS1002) and (PHYS1902 or PHYS1003 or PHYS1004). Prohibitions: PHYS2901, PHYS2001, PHYS2011, PHYS2101, PHYS2103, PHYS2213, PHYS2203 Assumed knowledge: (MATH1901 or MATH1001) and (MATH1902 or MATH1002) and (MATH1903 or MATH1003). MATH1905 or MATH1005 would also be useful Assessment: One 2-hour exam, assignments, one 1-hour computational test, practical work, practical report and presentation, computational lab work (100%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
This unit of study is designed for students with a strong interest in Physics. The lecture topics are as for PHYS2011. They are treated in greater depth and with more rigorous attention to derivations than in PHYS2011. The assessment reflects the more challenging nature of the material presented.
Computational Physics: As for PHYS2011, but at a more advanced level.
Practical: As for PHYS2011.
Textbooks
Young and Freedman. University Physics. 12th edition. Addison-Wesley. 2008.
PHYS2012 Physics 2B

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: Three 1-hour lectures per week; one 2-hour computational laboratory per week for 11 weeks. Prerequisites: (PHYS1003 or PHYS1004 or PHYS1902) and (PHYS1001 or PHYS1002 or PHYS1901 or PHYS2011 or PHYS2911) Prohibitions: PHYS2102, PHYS2104, PHYS2902, PHYS2002, PHYS2912, PHYS2213, PHYS2203 Assumed knowledge: (MATH1001 or MATH1901) and (MATH1002 or MATH1902) and (MATH1003 or MATH1903). MATH1005 or MATH1905 would also be useful Assessment: One 3-hour exam, assignments, one 1-hour computational test, computational lab work and project, practical work and report (100%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
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.
Textbooks
Serway, Moses and Moyer. Modern Physics. 3rd edition. Brooks/Cole. 2005.
PHYS2013 Astrophysics and Relativity

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: Two 1-hour lectures per week for 11 weeks and one 3-hour experimental laboratory per week for 12 weeks. Prerequisites: (PHYS1003 or PHYS1004 or PHYS1902) and (PHYS1001 or PHYS1002 or PHYS1901 or PHYS2011 or PHYS2911) Corequisites: PHYS2012 or PHYS2912 Prohibitions: PHYS2001, PHYS2901, PHYS2913, PHYS2101, PHYS2103 Assumed knowledge: (MATH1001 or MATH1901) and (MATH1002 or MATH1902) and (MATH1003 or MATH1903). MATH1005 or MATH1905 would also be useful Assessment: One 2-hour exam, assignments, practical work, practical report and oral presentation (100%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
This unit of study builds on the foundation provided by Junior Physics and first semester of Intermediate Physics, to provide introductions to Cosmology (Structure and evolution of the Universe), and Special Relativity (Space and time at high velocities). Practical: Experimental Physics is taught as a laboratory module and includes experiments in the areas of analysis of stellar images, electromagnetic phenomena, electronic instrumentation, quantum physics, and other topics. Assessment is based on mastery of each attempted experiment. At the end of the semester students may work in teams on a project. Students prepare a written report and oral presentation on their project or one experiment.
Textbooks
Young and Freedman. University Physics. 12th edition. Addison-Wesley. 2008.
PHYS2912 Physics 2B (Advanced)

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: Three 1-hour lectures per week, one-2 hour computational laboratory per week for 11 weeks. Prerequisites: Credit or better average across (PHYS1003 or PHYS1004 or PHYS1902) and (PHYS1001 or PHYS1002 or PHYS1901 or PHYS2001 or PHYS2901 or PHYS2011 or PHYS2911). Prohibitions: PHYS2102, PHYS2104, PHYS2902, PHYS2002, PHYS2012, PHYS2213, PHYS2203 Assumed knowledge: (MATH1001 or MATH1901) and (MATH1002 or MATH1902) and (MATH1003 or MATH1903).MATH1005 or MATH1905 would also be useful Assessment: One 3-hour exam, assignments, one 1-hour computational test, computational lab work and project, practical work and report (100%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
Refer to PHYS2911 for an overall description of the Advanced Intermediate Physics program. The lecture topics are as for PHYS2012 with some advanced content. Computational Physics: As for PHYS2012, but at a more advanced level.
Textbooks
Serway, Moses and Moyer. Modern Physics. 3rd edition. Brooks/Cole. 2005.
PHYS2913 Astrophysics and Relativity (Advanced)

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: Two 1-hour lectures per week for 11 weeks; one 3-hour experimental laboratory per week for 12 weeks. Prerequisites: Credit or better average across (PHYS1003 or PHYS1004 or PHYS1902) and (PHYS1001 or PHYS1002 or PHYS1901 or PHYS2011 or PHYS2911) Corequisites: PHYS2912 or PHYS2012. Prohibitions: PHYS2001, PHYS2901, PHYS2013, PHYS2101, PHYS2103 Assumed knowledge: (MATH1001 or MATH1901) and (MATH1002 or MATH1902) and (MATH1003 or MATH1903). MATH1005 or MATH1905 would also be useful. Assessment: One 3-hour exam, assignments, practical work, practical report and oral presentation (100%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
The lecture topics are as PHYS2013 with some advanced content. Practical: as for PHYS2013.
Textbooks
Young and Freedman, University Physics, 12th edition. Addison-Wesley. 2008.
PHYS3015 Topics in Senior Physics A

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 40 hours per semester. Prerequisites: (PHYS2011 or PHYS2911) and (PHYS2012 or PHYS2912) Assumed knowledge: 6 credit points of Intermediate Mathematics Assessment: Exams and/or assignments and/or practical reports. Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit is normally restricted to students not majoring in Physics, giving them the flexibility to take a combination of modules that is not offered in the standard units. Please obtain permission from the Senior Physics Coordinator.
PHYS3025 Topics in Senior Physics B

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 40 hours per semester. Prerequisites: (PHYS2011 or PHYS2911) and (PHYS2012 or PHYS2912) Assumed knowledge: 6 credit points of Intermediate Mathematics Assessment: Exams and/or assignments and/or practical reports. Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit is normally restricted to students not majoring in Physics, giving them the flexibility to take a combination of modules that is not offered in the standard units. Please obtain permission from the Senior Physics Coordinator.
PHYS3039 Quantum Physics/Comp. Physics & Lab

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Tim Bedding Session: Semester 1 Classes: Twenty seven 1-hour lectures, eight 2-hour computer labs and six 4-hour experimental labs. Prerequisites: (PHYS2011 or PHYS2911) and (PHYS2012 or PHYS2912) Prohibitions: PHYS3939, PHYS3042, PHYS3942, PHYS3043, PHYS3943, PHYS3044, PHYS3944, PHYS3060, PHYS3960, PHYS3961, PHYS3062, PHYS3962, COSC3011, COSC3911 Assessment: One 2-hour exam, assignments and laboratory reports (100%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
The lectures on Quantum Physics build on Intermediate Quantum Physics to cover more advanced topics, including atomic theory and spectroscopy, quantisation of the hydrogen atom, angular momentum in quantum mechanics, and perturbation theory.
The module on Computational Physics uses a mixture of lectures and computational lab sessions to explore problem solving using computers. It covers numerical schemes for solving ordinary and partial differential equations, with emphasis on choosing the best method to suit the problem, and on understanding numerical accuracy and stability. All coding is done in MATLAB, and no programming experience is assumed beyond that covered in Intermediate Physics.
In the Laboratory Classes, students will choose from a range of experiments that aim to give them an appreciation of the analytical, technical and practical skills required to conduct modern experimental work.
PHYS3040 Electromagnetism and Physics Lab

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: Nineteen 1-hour lectures and twelve 4-hour practicals. Prerequisites: (PHYS2011 or PHYS2911), (PHYS2012 or PHYS2912), (MATH2061 or MATH2961 or MATH2067) Prohibitions: PHYS3940, PHYS3941 Assessment: One 1.5 hour exam, practical reports and oral presentation (100%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
The lectures cover the theory of electromagnetism, one of the cornerstones of classical physics. They introduce Maxwell's equations in their differential form, using the power of vector calculus. The main application will be to electromagnetic waves, including reflection and absorption, which have application in fields such as optics, plasma physics and astrophysics. In the practical laboratory classes, students will choose from a range of experiments that aim to give them an appreciation of the analytical, technical and practical skills required to conduct modern experimental work.
Textbooks
Griffiths, DJ. Introduction to Electrodynamics. Third Edition.
PHYS3042 Quantum Physics/Astrophysics/Plasma

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Tim Bedding Session: Semester 1 Classes: Fifty seven 1-hour lectures. Prerequisites: (PHYS2011 or PHYS2911) and (PHYS2012 or PHYS2912); (MATH2061 or MATH2961 or MATH2067) Corequisites: PHYS3040 or PHYS3940 or PHYS3941 Prohibitions: PHYS3039, PHYS3939, PHYS3942, PHYS3043, PHYS3943, PHYS3044, PHYS3944, PHYS3047, PHYS3947, PHYS3048, PHYS3948, PHYS3054, PHYS3954, PHYS3055, PHYS3955, PHYS3059, PHYS3959, PHYS3060, PHYS3960, PHYS3961, PHYS3062, PHYS3962, PHYS3064, PHYS3964, PHYS3065, PHYS3965, PHYS3066, PHYS3966, PHYS3071, PHYS3971, PHYS3073, PHYS3973, PHYS3079, PHYS3979, PHYS3081, PHYS3981, PHYS3082, PHYS3982 Assessment: One 3-hour exam and assignments (100%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
The lectures on Quantum Physics build on Intermediate Quantum Physics to cover more advanced topics, including atomic theory and spectroscopy, quantisation of the hydrogen atom, angular momentum in quantum mechanics, and perturbation theory.
The lectures on Astrophysics cover the structure and evolution of stars. We will describe the processes that take place as stars evolve, and the eventual fates of different types of stars. We will show that the presence of a binary companion can greatly alter the fate of a star, and show how accretion can liberate large amounts of energy.
The lectures on Plasma Physics aim to provide an understanding of the physics of fundamental phenomena in plasmas and to introduce the basic methods of theoretical and experimental plasma physics. The course includes a study of collective phenomena and sheaths, collisional processes, single particle motions, fluid models, equilibria, waves, electromagnetic properties, instabilities, and introduction to kinetic theory. Examples will be given, where appropriate, of the application of these concepts to naturally occurring and man-made plasmas.
Textbooks
Quantum Mechanics: A Paradigms Approach, D.H. McIntyre, C.A. Minogue, & J. Tate
PHYS3043 Quantum Physics/Astrop/Comp. Physics

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Tim Bedding Session: Semester 1 Classes: Forty six 1-hour lectures and eight 2-hour computer labs. Prerequisites: (PHYS2011 or PHYS2911) and (PHYS2012 or PHYS2912); (MATH2061 or MATH2961 or MATH2067) Prohibitions: PHYS3039, PHYS3939, PHYS3042, PHYS3942, PHYS3943, PHYS3044, PHYS3944, PHYS3060, PHYS3960, PHYS3961, PHYS3062, PHYS3962, PHYS3064, PHYS3964, PHYS3065, PHYS3965, PHYS3066, PHYS3966, PHYS3071, PHYS3971, PHYS3073, PHYS3973, PHYS3079, PHYS3979, PHYS3081, PHYS3981, PHYS3082, PHYS3982, COSC3011, COSC3911 Assessment: One 3-hour exam and assignments (100%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
The lectures on Quantum Physics build on Intermediate Quantum Physics to cover more advanced topics, including atomic theory and spectroscopy, quantisation of the hydrogen atom, angular momentum in quantum mechanics, and perturbation theory.
The lectures on Astrophysics cover the structure and evolution of stars. We will describe the processes that take place as stars evolve, and the eventual fates of different types of stars. We will show that the presence of a binary companion can greatly alter the fate of a star, and show how accretion can liberate large amounts of energy.
The module on Computational Physics uses a mixture of lectures and computational lab sessions to explore problem solving using computers. It covers numerical schemes for solving ordinary and partial differential equations, with emphasis on choosing the best method to suit the problem, and on understanding numerical accuracy and stability. All coding is done in MATLAB, and no programming experience is assumed beyond that covered in Intermediate Physics.
Textbooks
Quantum Mechanics: A Paradigms Approach, D.H. McIntyre, C.A. Minogue, & J. Tate
PHYS3044 Quantum Physics/Plasma/Comp. Physics

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof. Tim Bedding Session: Semester 1 Classes: Forty six 1-hour lectures and eight 2-hour computer labs. Prerequisites: (PHYS2011 or PHYS2911) and (PHYS2012 or PHYS2912); MATH2061 or MATH2961 or MATH2067 Corequisites: (PHYS3040 or PHYS3940 or PHYS3941) Prohibitions: PHYS3039, PHYS3939, PHYS3042, PHYS3942, PHYS3043, PHYS3943, PHYS3944, PHYS3047, PHYS3947, PHYS3048, PHYS3948, PHYS3054, PHYS3954, PHYS3055, PHYS3955, PHYS3059, PHYS3959, PHYS3060, PHYS3960, PHYS3961, PHYS3062, PHYS3962, PHYS3073, PHYS3973, COSC3011, COSC3911 Assessment: One 3-hour exam and assignments (100%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
The lectures on Quantum Physics build on Intermediate Quantum Physics to cover more advanced topics, including atomic theory and spectroscopy, quantisation of the hydrogen atom, angular momentum in quantum mechanics, and perturbation theory.
The lectures on Plasma Physics aim to provide an understanding of the physics of fundamental phenomena in plasmas and to introduce the basic methods of theoretical and experimental plasma physics. The course includes a study of collective phenomena and sheaths, collisional processes, single particle motions, fluid models, equilibria, waves, electromagnetic properties, instabilities, and introduction to kinetic theory. Examples will be given, where appropriate, of the application of these concepts to naturally occurring and man-made plasmas.
The module on Computational Physics uses a mixture of lectures and computational lab sessions to explore problem solving using computers. It covers numerical schemes for solving ordinary and partial differential equations, with emphasis on choosing the best method to suit the problem, and on understanding numerical accuracy and stability. All coding is done in MATLAB, and no programming experience is assumed beyond that covered in Intermediate Physics.
Textbooks
Quantum Mechanics: A Paradigms Approach, D.H. McIntyre, C.A. Minogue, & J. Tate
PHYS3068 Condensed Matter Phys/Optics & Lab

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Tim Bedding Session: Semester 2 Classes: Thirty-eight 1-hour lectures and six 4-hour experimental labs. Prerequisites: (PHYS2011 or PHYS2911) and (PHYS2012 or PHYS2912); (PHYS3042 or PHYS3942 or PHYS3043 or PHYS3943 or PHYS3044 or PHYS3944); (PHYS3040 or PHYS3940 or PHYS3941) Corequisites: (PHYS3090 or PHYS3990 or PHYS3991) Prohibitions: PHYS3062, PHYS3962, PHYS3063, PHYS3963, PHYS3064, PHYS3964, PHYS3065, PHYS3965, PHYS3066, PHYS3966, PHYS3067, PHYS3967, PHYS3968, PHYS3069, PHYS3969, PHYS3074, PHYS3974, PHYS3079, PHYS3979, PHYS3080, PHYS3980, PHYS3081, PHYS3981, PHYS3082, PHYS3982 Assessment: One 2-hour exam, assignments, and laboratory reports (100%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
The lectures on Condensed Matter Physics provide a basic introduction to condensed matter systems, specifically the physics that underlies the electromagnetic, thermal, and optical properties of solids. The course draws on basic quantum theory and statistical mechanics and considers recent discoveries and new developments in semiconductors, nanostructures, magnetism, and superconductivity.
The lectures on Optics introduce some aspects of modern optics, using the laser to illustrate the applications. They cover the Lorentz model for the optical properties of matter, spontaneous and stimulated emission of light, rate equation analysis of lasers, diffraction, Gaussian beam propagation, anisotropic media and nonlinear optics.
In the Laboratory Classes, students will choose from a range of experiments that aim to give them an appreciation of the analytical, technical and practical skills required to conduct modern experimental work.
PHYS3069 High Energy Physics/Optics & Lab

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Tim Bedding Session: Semester 2 Classes: Thirty-eight 1-hour lectures and six 4-hour experimental labs. Prerequisites: (PHYS2011 or PHYS2911) and (PHYS2012 or PHYS2912) and (PHYS2013 or PHYS2913); (PHYS3042 or PHYS3942 or PHYS3043 or PHYS3943 or PHYS3044 or PHYS3944); (PHYS3040 or PHYS3940 or PHYS3941) Prohibitions: PHYS3046, PHYS3946, PHYS3047, PHYS3947, PHYS3049, PHYS3949, PHYS3073, PHYS3973, PHYS3063, PHYS3963, PHYS3065, PHYS3965, PHYS3066, PHYS3966, PHYS3068, PHYS3968, PHYS3969, PHYS3071, PHYS3971, PHYS3074, PHYS3974, PHYS3079, PHYS3979, PHYS3080, PHYS3980, PHYS3081, PHYS3981, PHYS3082, PHYS3982 Assessment: One 2-hour exam, assignments, and laboratory reports (100%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
The lectures on High Energy Physics cover the basic constituents of matter, such as quarks and leptons, examining their fundamental properties and interactions. They include some discussion of extensions to the currently accepted Standard Model of Particle Physics, and of the relationships between High Energy Particle Physics, Cosmology and the early Universe.
The lectures on Optics introduce some aspects of modern optics, using the laser to illustrate the applications. They cover the Lorentz model for the optical properties of matter, spontaneous and stimulated emission of light, rate equation analysis of lasers, diffraction, Gaussian beam propagation, anisotropic media and nonlinear optics.
In the Laboratory Classes, students will choose from a range of experiments that aim to give them an appreciation of the analytical, technical and practical skills required to conduct modern experimental work.
PHYS3074 Condensed Matter/High Energy & Lab

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Tim Bedding Session: Semester 2 Classes: Thirty-eight 1-hour lectures and six 4-hour experimental labs. Prerequisites: (PHYS2011 or PHYS2911) and (PHYS2012 or PHYS2912) and (PHYS2013 or PHYS2913); (PHYS3042 or PHYS3942 or PHYS3043 or PHYS3943 or PHYS3044 or PHYS3944) Corequisites: (PHYS3090 or PHYS3990 or PHYS3991) Prohibitions: PHYS3046, PHYS3946, PHYS3047, PHYS3947, PHYS3049, PHYS3949, PHYS3062, PHYS3962, PHYS3063, PHYS3963, PHYS3064, PHYS3964, PHYS3065, PHYS3965, PHYS3067, PHYS3967, PHYS3068, PHYS3968, PHYS3069, PHYS3969, PHYS3071, PHYS3971, PHYS3073, PHYS3973, PHYS3974, PHYS3079, PHYS3979, PHYS3080, PHYS3980, PHYS3081, PHYS3981, PHYS3082, PHYS3982 Assessment: One 2-hour exam, assignments, and laboratory reports (100%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
The lectures on Condensed Matter Physics provide a basic introduction to condensed matter systems, specifically the physics that underlies the electromagnetic, thermal, and optical properties of solids. The course draws on basic quantum theory and statistical mechanics and considers recent discoveries and new developments in semiconductors, nanostructures, magnetism, and superconductivity.
The lectures on High Energy Physics cover the basic constituents of matter, such as quarks and leptons, examining their fundamental properties and interactions. They include some discussion of extensions to the currently accepted Standard Model of Particle Physics, and of the relationships between High Energy Particle Physics, Cosmology and the early Universe.
In the Laboratory Classes, students will choose from a range of experiments that aim to give them an appreciation of the analytical, technical and practical skills required to conduct modern experimental work.
PHYS3080 Condensed Matter/High Energy/Optics

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Tim Bedding Session: Semester 2 Classes: Fifty-seven 1-hour lectures Prerequisites: (PHYS2011 or PHYS2911) and (PHYS2012 or PHYS2912) and (PHYS2013 or PHYS2913); (PHYS3042 or PHYS3942 or PHYS3043 or PHYS3943 or PHYS3044 or PHYS3944); (PHYS3040 or PHYS3940 or PHYS3941) Corequisites: (PHYS3090 or PHYS3990 or PHYS3991) Prohibitions: PHYS3046, PHYS3946, PHYS3047, PHYS3947, PHYS3049, PHYS3949, PHYS3062, PHYS3962, PHYS3063, PHYS3963, PHYS3064, PHYS3964, PHYS3065, PHYS3965, PHYS3066, PHYS3966, PHYS3067, PHYS3967, PHYS3068, PHYS3968, PHYS3069, PHYS3969, PHYS3071, PHYS3971, PHYS3073, PHYS3973, PHYS3074, PHYS3974, PHYS3079, PHYS3979, PHYS3980, PHYS3081, PHYS3981, PHYS3082, PHYS3982 Assessment: One 3-hour exam and assignments (100%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
The lectures on Condensed Matter Physics provide a basic introduction to condensed matter systems, specifically the physics that underlies the electromagnetic, thermal, and optical properties of solids. The course draws on basic quantum theory and statistical mechanics and considers recent discoveries and new developments in semiconductors, nanostructures, magnetism, and superconductivity.
The lectures on High Energy Physics cover the basic constituents of matter, such as quarks and leptons, examining their fundamental properties and interactions. They include some discussion of extensions to the currently accepted Standard Model of Particle Physics, and of the relationships between High Energy Particle Physics, Cosmology and the early Universe.
The lectures on Optics introduce some aspects of modern optics, using the laser to illustrate the applications. They cover the Lorentz model for the optical properties of matter, spontaneous and stimulated emission of light, rate equation analysis of lasers, diffraction, Gaussian beam propagation, anisotropic media and nonlinear optics.
PHYS3090 Statistical Mechanics & Physics Lab

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Tim Bedding Session: Semester 2 Classes: Nineteen 1-hour lectures and twelve 4-hour experimental labs Prerequisites: (PHYS2011 or PHYS2911) and (PHYS2012 or PHYS2912) Prohibitions: PHYS3990, PHYS3991 Assessment: One 1.5 hour exam, assignments, laboratory reports and presentation. Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
The lectures on Statistical Mechanics aim to provide a theoretical foundation for statistical mechanics, including both classical and quantum distributions.
In the Laboratory Classes, students will choose from a range of experiments that aim to give them an appreciation of the analytical, technical and practical skills required to conduct modern experimental work.
Textbooks
An Introduction to Thermal Physics, Daniel V. Schroeder.
PHYS3099 Stat. Mechanics/Cond. Matter & Lab

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Tim Bedding Session: Semester 2 Classes: Thirty eight 1-hour lectures and six 4-hour experimental labs. Prerequisites: (PHYS2011 or PHYS2911) and (PHYS2012 or PHYS2912) and (PHYS3039 or PHYS3939) Prohibitions: PHYS3090, PHYS3990, PHYS3999, PHYS3062, PHYS3962, PHYS3068, PHYS3968, PHYS3074, PHYS3974, PHYS3079, PHYS3979, PHYS3080, PHYS3980, PHYS3081, PHYS3981 Assessment: One 1.5-hour exam, one 1-hour exam, assignments and laboratory reports (100%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
The lectures on Statistical Mechanics aim to provide a theoretical foundation for statistical mechanics, including both classical and quantum distributions.
The lectures on Condensed Matter Physics provide a basic introduction to condensed matter systems, specifically the physics that underlies the electromagnetic, thermal, and optical properties of solids. The course draws on basic quantum theory and statistical mechanics and considers recent discoveries and new developments in semiconductors, nanostructures, magnetism, and superconductivity.
In the Laboratory Classes, students will choose from a range of experiments that aim to give them an appreciation of the analytical, technical and practical skills required to conduct modern experimental work.
Textbooks
An Introduction to Thermal Physics, David V. Schroeder.
PHYS3915 Topics in Senior Physics A (Advanced)

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 40 hours per semester Prerequisites: (PHYS2011 or PHYS2911) and (PHYS2012 or PHYS2912) with average of at least 70 Assumed knowledge: 6 credit points of Intermediate Mathematics Assessment: Exams and/or assignments and/or laboratory reports (100%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit of study covers the same topics as PHYS3015, with some more challenging material.
PHYS3925 Topics in Senior Physics B (Advanced)

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 40 hours per semester Prerequisites: (PHYS2011 or PHYS2911) and (PHYS2012 or PHYS2912) with average of at least 70 Assessment: Exams and/or assignments and/or laboratory reports (100%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit of study covers the same topics as PHYS3025, with some more challenging material.
PHYS3939 Quantum Physics/Comp. Phys. & Lab (Adv)

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Tim Bedding Session: Semester 1 Classes: Twenty seven 1-hour lectures, eight 2-hour computer labs and six 4-hour experimental labs. Prerequisites: (PHYS2011 or PHYS2911) and (PHYS2012 or PHYS2912), with average of at least 70. Prohibitions: PHYS3039, PHYS3042, PHYS3942, PHYS3043, PHYS3943, PHYS3044, PHYS3944, PHYS3060, PHYS3960, PHYS3961, PHYS3062, PHYS3962, COSC3011, COSC3911 Assessment: One 2-hour exam, assignments and laboratory reports (100%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
This unit covers the same topics as PHYS3039, but with greater depth and some more challenging material.
PHYS3940 Electromagnetism and Physics Lab (Adv)

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: Nineteen 1-hour lectures and twelve 4-hour practicals. Prerequisites: (PHYS2011 or PHYS2911) and (PHYS2012 or PHYS2912) with average of at least 70; (MATH2061 or MATH2961 or MATH2067) Prohibitions: PHYS3040, PHYS3941 Assessment: One 1.5 hour exam, assignments, practical reports and oral presentation (100%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
This unit covers the same topics as PHYS3040, but with greater depth and some more challenging material.
Textbooks
Griffiths, DJ. Introduction to Electrodynamics. Third Edition.
PHYS3941 Electromagnetism & Special Project (Adv)

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: Nineteen 1-hour lectures, 4 hours per week with a research group. Prerequisites: (PHYS2011 or PHYS2911) and (PHYS2012 or PHYS2912) with average of at least 70; (MATH2061 or MATH2961 or MATH2067) Prohibitions: PHYS3040, PHYS3940, PHYS3961, PHYS3011, PHYS3911, PHYS3918, PHYS3928 Assessment: One 1.5 hour exam, assignments, project report and talk (100%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: Approval for this unit must be obtained from the School of Physics Senior Coordinator.
The lectures cover the theory of electromagnetism, one of the cornerstones of classical physics. They introduce Maxwell's equations in their differential form, using the power of vector calculus. The main application will be to electromagnetic waves, including reflection and absorption, which have application in fields such as optics, plasma physics and astrophysics. The project is carried out in a research group within the School of Physics, working on a research experiment or theoretical project supervised by a researcher. The aim is for students to acquire an understanding of the nature of research, to apply their knowledge of physics and scientific practice, and to serve as preparation for a research project at Honours level and beyond.
Textbooks
Griffiths, DJ. Introduction to Electrodynamics. Third Edition.
PHYS3942 Quantum Physics/Astrophysics/Plasma(Adv)

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Tim Bedding Session: Semester 1 Classes: Fifty seven 1-hour lectures. Prerequisites: (PHYS2011 or PHYS2911) and (PHYS2012 or PHYS2912) with average of at least 70; (MATH2061 or MATH2961 or MATH2067) Corequisites: (PHYS3040 or PHYS3940 or PHYS3941) Prohibitions: PHYS3039, PHYS3939, PHYS3042, PHYS3043, PHYS3943, PHYS3044, PHYS3944, PHYS3047, PHYS3947, PHYS3048, PHYS3948, PHYS3054, PHYS3954, PHYS3055, PHYS3955, PHYS3059, PHYS3959, PHYS3060, PHYS3960, PHYS3961, PHYS3062, PHYS3962, PHYS3064, PHYS3964, PHYS3065, PHYS3965, PHYS3066, PHYS3966, PHYS3071, PHYS3971, PHYS3073, PHYS3973, PHYS3079, PHYS3979, PHYS3081, PHYS3981, PHYS3082, PHYS3982 Assessment: One 3-hour exam and assignments (100%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
This unit covers the same topics as PHYS3042, but with greater depth and some more challenging material.
Textbooks
A Modern Approach to Quantum Mechanics, J. Townsend
PHYS3943 Quantum Physics/Astrop/Comp. Phys. (Adv)

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Tim Bedding Session: Semester 1 Classes: Forty six 1-hour lectures and eight 2-hour computer labs. Prerequisites: (PHYS2011 or PHYS2911) and (PHYS2012 or PHYS2912) with average of at least 70; MATH2061 or MATH2961 or MATH2067 Prohibitions: PHYS3039, PHYS3939, PHYS3042, PHYS3942, PHYS3043, PHYS3044, PHYS3944, PHYS3060, PHYS3960, PHYS3961, PHYS3062, PHYS3962, PHYS3064, PHYS3964, PHYS3065, PHYS3965, PHYS3066, PHYS3966, PHYS3071, PHYS3971, PHYS3073, PHYS3973, PHYS3079, PHYS3979, PHYS3081, PHYS3981, PHYS3082, PHYS3982, COSC3011, COSC3911 Assessment: One 3-hour exam and assignments (100%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
This unit covers the same topics as PHYS3043, but with greater depth and some more challenging material.
Textbooks
A Modern Approach to Quantum Mechanics, J. Townsend
PHYS3944 Quantum Physics/Plasma/Comp. Phys. (Adv)

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Tim Bedding Session: Semester 1 Classes: Forty six 1-hour lectures and eight 2-hour computer labs. Prerequisites: (PHYS2011 or PHYS2911) and (PHYS2012 or PHYS2912) with average of at least 70; MATH2061 or MATH2961 or MATH2067 Corequisites: PHYS3040 or PHYS3940 or PHYS3941 Prohibitions: PHYS3039, PHYS3939, PHYS3042, PHYS3942, PHYS3043, PHYS3943, PHYS3044, PHYS3047, PHYS3947, PHYS3048, PHYS3948, PHYS3054, PHYS3954, PHYS3055, PHYS3955, PHYS3059, PHYS3959, PHYS3060, PHYS3960, PHYS3961, PHYS3062, PHYS3962, PHYS3073, PHYS3973, COSC3011, COSC3911 Assessment: One 3-hour exam and assignments (100%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
This unit covers the same topics as PHYS3044, but with greater depth and some more challenging material.
Textbooks
A Modern Approach to Quantum Mechanics, J. Townsend
PHYS3968 Condensed Matter Phys/Optics & Lab (Adv)

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Tim Bedding Session: Semester 2 Classes: Thirty-eight 1-hour lectures and six 4-hour experimental labs. Prerequisites: (PHYS2011 or PHYS2911) and (PHYS2012 or PHYS2912), with average = 70; (PHYS3042 or PHYS3942 or PHYS3043 or PHYS3943 or PHYS3044 or PHYS3944); (PHYS3040 or PHYS3940 or PHYS3941) Corequisites: (PHYS3090 or PHYS3990 or PHYS3991) Prohibitions: PHYS3062, PHYS3962, PHYS3063, PHYS3963, PHYS3064, PHYS3964, PHYS3065, PHYS3965, PHYS3066, PHYS3966, PHYS3067, PHYS3967, PHYS3068, PHYS3069, PHYS3969, PHYS3074, PHYS3974, PHYS3079, PHYS3979, PHYS3080, PHYS3980, PHYS3081, PHYS3981, PHYS3082, PHYS3982 Assessment: One 2-hour exam, assignments, and laboratory reports (100%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
This unit covers the same topics as PHYS3068, but with greater depth and some more challenging material.
PHYS3969 High Energy Physics/Optics & Lab (Adv)

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Tim Bedding Session: Semester 2 Classes: Thirty-eight 1-hour lectures and six 4-hour experimental labs. Prerequisites: (PHYS2011 or PHYS2911) and (PHYS2012 or PHYS2912) and (PHYS2013 or PHYS2913), with average = 70; (PHYS3042 or PHYS3942 or PHYS3043 or PHYS3943 or PHYS3044 or PHYS3944); (PHYS3040 or PHYS3940 or PHYS3941) Prohibitions: PHYS3046, PHYS3946, PHYS3047, PHYS3947, PHYS3049, PHYS3949, PHYS3073, PHYS3973, PHYS3063, PHYS3963, PHYS3065, PHYS3965, PHYS3066, PHYS3966, PHYS3068, PHYS3968, PHYS3069, PHYS3071, PHYS3971, PHYS3074, PHYS3974, PHYS3079, PHYS3979, PHYS3080, PHYS3980, PHYS3081, PHYS3981, PHYS3082, PHYS3982 Assessment: One 2-hour exam, assignments, and laboratory reports (100%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
This unit covers the same topics as PHYS3069, but with greater depth and some more challenging material.
PHYS3974 Condensed Matter/High Energy & Lab (Adv)

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Tim Bedding Session: Semester 2 Classes: Thirty-eight 1-hour lectures and six 4-hour experimental labs. Prerequisites: (PHYS2011 or PHYS2911) and (PHYS2012 or PHYS2912) and (PHYS2013 or PHYS2913), with average = 70; (PHYS3042 or PHYS3942 or PHYS3043 or PHYS3943 or PHYS3044 or PHYS3944) Corequisites: (PHYS3090 or PHYS3990 or PHYS3991) Prohibitions: PHYS3046, PHYS3946, PHYS3047, PHYS3947, PHYS3049, PHYS3949, PHYS3062, PHYS3962, PHYS3063, PHYS3963, PHYS3064, PHYS3964, PHYS3065, PHYS3965, PHYS3067, PHYS3967, PHYS3068, PHYS3968, PHYS3069, PHYS3969, PHYS3071, PHYS3971, PHYS3073, PHYS3973, PHYS3074, PHYS3079, PHYS3979, PHYS3080, PHYS3980, PHYS3081, PHYS3981, PHYS3082, PHYS3982 Assessment: One 2-hour exam, assignments, and laboratory reports (100%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
This unit covers the same topics as PHYS3074, but with greater depth and some more challenging material.
PHYS3980 Condensed Matter/High Energy/Optics(Adv)

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Tim Bedding Session: Semester 2 Classes: Fifty-seven 1-hour lectures. Prerequisites: (PHYS2011 or PHYS2911) and (PHYS2012 or PHYS2912) and (PHYS2013 or PHYS2913), with average = 70; (PHYS3042 or PHYS3942 or PHYS3043 or PHYS3943 or PHYS3044 or PHYS3944); (PHYS3040 or PHYS3940 or PHYS3941) Corequisites: (PHYS3090 or PHYS3990 or PHYS3991) Prohibitions: PHYS3046, PHYS3946, PHYS3047, PHYS3947, PHYS3049, PHYS3949, PHYS3062, PHYS3962, PHYS3063, PHYS3963, PHYS3064, PHYS3964, PHYS3065, PHYS3965, PHYS3066, PHYS3966, PHYS3067, PHYS3967, PHYS3068, PHYS3968, PHYS3069, PHYS3969, PHYS3071, PHYS3971, PHYS3073, PHYS3973, PHYS3074, PHYS3974, PHYS3079, PHYS3979, PHYS3080, PHYS3081, PHYS3981, PHYS3082, PHYS3982 Assessment: One 3-hour exam and assignments (100%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
This unit covers the same topics as PHYS3080, but with greater depth and some more challenging material.
PHYS3990 Statistical Mechanics & Phys. Lab (Adv)

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof. Tim Bedding Session: Semester 2 Classes: Nineteen 1-hour lectures and twelve 4-hour experimental labs. Prerequisites: An average of at least 70 marks across (PHYS2011 or PHYS2911) and (PHYS2012 or PHYS2912) Prohibitions: PHYS3090, PHYS3991 Assessment: One 1.5-hour exam, assignments, laboratory reports and presentation (100%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
This unit covers the same topics as PHYS3090, but with greater depth and some more challenging material.
Textbooks
An Introduction to Thermal Physics, David V. Schroeder
PHYS3991 Statistical Mechanics & Project (Adv)

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Tim Bedding Session: Semester 2 Classes: Nineteen 1-hour lectures and 4 hours/week with a research group. Prerequisites: Average mark of at least 70 across (PHYS2011 or PHYS2911) and (PHYS2012 or PHYS2912). Prohibitions: PHYS3090, PHYS3990 Assessment: One 1.5-hour exam, assignments, project report and presentation (100%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
The lectures on Statistical Mechanics aim to provide a theoretical foundation for statistical mechanics, including both classical and quantum distributions.
In the Project, students will spend about 4 hours per week working on a research experiment or theoretical project supervised by a researcher. The aim is for students to acquire an understanding of the nature of research by carrying out a project under the supervision of a researcher, and as part of a research group.
Textbooks
An Introduction to Thermal Physics, David V. Schroeder.
PHYS3999 Stat. Mechanics/Cond. Matter & Lab (Adv)

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Tim Bedding Session: Semester 2 Classes: Thirty eight 1-hour lectures and six 4-hour experimental labs. Prerequisites: (PHYS2011 or PHYS2911) and (PHYS2012 or PHYS2912) with average of at least 70; (PHYS3039 or PHYS3939) Prohibitions: PHYS3090, PHYS3990, PHYS3099, PHYS3062, PHYS3962, PHYS3068, PHYS3968, PHYS3074, PHYS3974, PHYS3079, PHYS3979, PHYS3080, PHYS3980, PHYS3081, PHYS3981 Assessment: One 1.5-hour exam, one 1-hour exam, assignments and laboratory reports (100%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
This unit covers the same topics as PHYS3099, but with greater depth and some more challenging material.
Textbooks
An Introduction to Thermal Physics, David V. Schroeder
COSC3011 Scientific Computing

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: Two 1-hour lectures and one 3-hour practical per week. Prerequisites: 12 credit points chosen from Junior Mathematics and Statistics, 12 credit points of Intermediate units in Science subject areas. Prohibitions: COSC3911, COSC3001, COSC3901, PHYS3301, PHYS3901, PHYS3043, PHYS3943, PHYS3044, PHYS3944, PHYS3039, PHYS3939 Assumed knowledge: Programming experience in MATLAB. Assessment: Assignments, lab, project work and written exam. (100%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
This unit of study provides a senior-level treatment of scientific problem solving using computers. Students will understand and apply a wide range of numerical schemes for solving ordinary and partial differential equations. Linear algebra is used to provide detailed insight into stability analysis, relaxation methods, and implicit integration. A variety of scientific problems are considered, including planetary motion, population demographics, heat diffusion, traffic flow and quantum mechanics. All coding is performed with MATLAB, and basic programming experience is assumed.
Textbooks
Garcia, AL. Numerical Methods for Physics, 2nd Edition.
COSC3911 Scientific Computing (Advanced)

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: Two 1-hour lectures and one 3-hour practical per week. Prerequisites: 12 credit points chosen from Junior Mathematics and Statistics, 12 credit points of Intermediate units in Science subject areas with a credit average. Prohibitions: COSC3011, COSC3001, COSC3901, PHYS3301, PHYS3901, PHYS3043, PHYS3943, PHYS3044, PHYS3944, PHYS3039, PHYS3939 Assumed knowledge: Programming experience in MATLAB. Assessment: Assignments, lab, project work and written exam. (100%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
This unit is the Advanced version of COSC3011. The subject matter is very similar, but more challenging problems will be covered.
Textbooks
Garcia, AL. Numerical Methods for Physics, 2nd Edition.