Intermediate Physics Units (Physics 2)

The School of Physics offers students one six credit point unit in first semester (at both Normal and Advanced levels) and two in second semester (again at both Normal and Advanced levels). The outline of these six units, and PHYS 2213 for Engineering students, is given in the following Table.

Unit

Semester

Lectures

Computational
Physics

Experimental
Lab

PHYS 2011 Physics 2A

 1

Optics 12
Thermodynamics 12

 9 weeks

 9 weeks

PHYS 2911 Physics 2A (Adv)

 1

Optics 12
Thermodynamics 12

 9 weeks

 9 weeks

PHYS 2012 Physics 2B

 2

Quantum Physics 19
EM Properties 19

  11 weeks

 —

PHYS 2912 Physics 2B (Adv)

 2

Quantum Physics 19
EM Properties 19

  11 weeks

 —

PHYS 2013 Astrophysics & Relativity

 2

Cosmology 12
Special Relativity 10

 —

 12 weeks

PHYS 2913 Astrophysics & Relativity (Adv)

 2

Cosmology 12
Special Relativity 10

 —

 12 weeks

PHYS 2213 Physics 2EE
(Engineering
students)

 2

Optics 12
EM Properties 12
Solid state/devices 12

 10 weeks

 —

Each unit is divided into modules, usually presented by several different lecturers. See "Who is my lecturer?" for more details.

  • Most Intermediate Physics Units of Study have resources provided on LMS. Students enrolled in those Units can then use the LMS link to access their unit page and hence the web resources for that unit.
  • Information on most units of study is accessible to anyone by clicking on the name to view the Unit Outline.

PHYS 2011 Physics 2A

Time of Offer: 1st Semester
Credit Points: 6

This unit of study continues a first pass through all 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 general Intermediate level, and those wishing to round out their knowledge of physics before continuing in other fields. Some components of this unit are in common with PHYS 2911 Physics 2A (Advanced).

Modules studied: Optics; Computational Physics; Thermodynamics; Experimental Physics

PHYS 2011 Unit Outline

PHYS 2911 Physics 2A (Advanced)

Time of Offer: 1st Semester
Credit Points: 6

This unit continues a first pass through all major branches of classical and modern physics for students with a strong interest in Physics and who have achieved a grade of Credit, or better, in both semesters of Junior Physics (any units except PHYS 1500). Some components of this unit are in common with PHYS 2011 Physics 2A.

Modules studied: Optics; Computational Physics; Thermodynamics; Experimental Physics

PHYS 2911 Unit Outline

PHYS 2012 Physics 2B

Time of Offer: 2nd Semester
Credit Points: 6

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. Some components of this unit are in common with PHYS 2912 Physics 2B (Advanced).
Note that this unit has no Experimental Physics component.

Modules studied: Quantum Physics; Electromagnetic Properties of Matter; Computational Physics

PHYS2012 Unit outline

PHYS 2912 Physics 2B (Advanced)

Time of Offer: 2nd Semester
Credit Points: 6


This unit presents the beginning of a more in-depth study of the main topics of classical and modern physics for students with a strong interest in Physics and who have achieved a grade of Credit, or better, in both semesters of Junior Physics (any units except PHYS 1500). Some components of this unit are in common with PHYS 2912 Physics 2B (Advanced).
Note that this unit has no Experimental Physics component.

Modules studied: Quantum Physics; Electromagnetic Properties of Matter; Computational Physics

PHYS2912 Unit outline

PHYS 2013 Astrophysics and Relativity

Time of Offer: 2nd Semester
Credit Points: 6

This unit presents exciting and important applications of the Physics you have learned up to now. Some components of this unit are in common with PHYS 2913 Astrophysics and Relativity (Advanced).
Students intending to major in Physics are strongly recommended to take PHYS 2013 or PHYS 2913.

Modules studied: Special Relativity; Cosmology; Experimental Physics

PHYS2013 Unit outline

PHYS 2913 Astrophysics and Relativity (Advanced)

Time of Offer: 2nd Semester
Credit Points: 6

This unit presents exciting and important applications of the Physics you have learned up to now at a level appropriate for students with a strong interest in Physics and who have achieved a grade of Credit, or better, in both semesters of Junior Physics (any units except PHYS 1500). Some components of this unit are in common with PHYS 2013 Astrophysics and Relativity.
Students intending to major in Physics are strongly recommended to take PHYS 2013 or PHYS 2913.

Modules studied: Special Relativity; Cosmology; Experimental Physics

PHYS2913 Unit outline

PHYS 2213 Physics 2EE

Time of Offer: 2nd Semester
Credit Points: 6

This unit of study is intended for students from Electrical and Information Engineering in the Electrical, Computer and Telecommunications Engineering courses. It is designed to build on topics in Junior Physics to provide a knowledge of areas of Physics of particular relevance to further study in Electrical Engineering and related engineering areas.

Modules studied: Electromagnetic Properties of Matter; Optical Devices; Computational Physics; Solid State and Device Physics

PHYS2213 Unit outline