Choosing Units in Intermediate Physics (Physics 2)

The School of Physics offers seven distinct 6 credit point units of Intermediate Physics.

First Semester (March) Units
PHYS 2011 Physics 2A
PHYS 2911 Physics 2A (Advanced)

Second Semester (July) Units
PHYS 2012 Physics 2B
PHYS 2912 Physics 2B (Advanced)

PHYS 2013 Astrophysics and Relativity
PHYS 2913 Astrophysics and Relativity (Advanced)

PHYS 2213 Physics 2EE

The first semester units are not prerequisites for the second semester units.

Advanced and Normal Level Units

The Advanced units are designed for students with a strong interest in Physics. They cover the same core material (often in common lectures) but add more depth in extra lectures. The regular units place more emphasis on applications and provide extra opportunities for review. You may take Advanced units if you have achieved a Credit, or better, in both semesters of Junior Physics (any units except PHYS 1500).

Engineering Students

Students in the Electrical, Computer and Telecommunications Engineering would normally take the PHYS 2213 Physics 2EE unit, but may take the full Intermediate Physics units if their timetable allows.

Entry to Intermediate Physics

Entry to all Intermediate Physics units requires 12 credit points in Junior Physics (this is a prerequisite). Students who completed PHYS 1004 Environmental & Life Science are encouraged to continue into Intemediate Physics, although we recommend some supplementary reading before undertaking the second semester PHYS 2012 or PHYS 2912 units.

Also assumed (but not a prequisite) are 9 credit points of Junior Mathematics units - preferably from MATH 1021, 1002, 1023 (or their advanced equivalents MATH 1921, 1902, 1923) at Pass or better level, or MATH 1011, 1012, 1013 at Credit or better level. We recommend this maths background but you are permitted to enrol without it. MATH 1005/1905/1015 would also be useful background.

Entry to Senior Physics

Study of either of the first semester units PHYS 2011 or PHYS 2911, together with either of the second semester units PHYS 2012 or PHYS 2912 is required to qualify for admission to Senior Physics. If you are intending to major in Physics, we strongly recommend you take PHYS 2013 or PHYS 2913 as well.

Study of MATH2021/2921 (Vector Calculus and Differential Equations) is a prerequisite for most Senior Physics units, and you should take this unit if you are planning to major in Physics.

If you are intending to major in Nanoscience, make sure you satisfy the prerequisites for units you will take in your Senior year.

Related study in Mathematics

As noted above MATH 2021/2921 (Vector Calculus and Differential Equations) is a prerequisite for most Senior Physics units, and you should take this first semester unit if you are planning to major in Physics. The mathematics background in this unit is assumed in the Electromagnetism and Quantum Physics core Senior units, as well as in other units. This MATH unit also includes an introduction to Fourier Methods, which are of considerable use in various areas in physics.

Other useful units are:
* STAT 2001/2911 (Statistical Models)
* STAT 2012/2912 (Statistical Tests)”

Overseas Exchange

Spending some part of your degree at an overseas university is becoming more popular. If you are considering this, consult the University's Student Exchange web pages.

More questions?

Intermediate Physics questions are best directed to the , Professor Iver Cairns. For general enquiries, contact , Room 210, Physics building.