Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2009. Search for this in the current handbook
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This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Lectures, tutorials and practical laboratory classes.
Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
|Time Commitment:||Contact Hours: Three 1-hour lectures per week (total 27 lectures); one 1-hour tutorial per week (total 9 classes); one 3-hour laboratory class per week (total 6 classes). Total 54 hours. |
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours total time commitment.
|Prerequisites:|| One of |
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|Recommended Background Knowledge:||None|
|Non Allowed Subjects:||640-223, 640-243.|
|Core Participation Requirements:||
It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study and reasonable steps will be made to enhance a student’s participation in the University’s programs. This subject requires all students to actively and safely participate in laboratory activities. Students who feel their disability may impact upon their participation are encouraged to discuss this with the subject coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit.
CoordinatorProf Rachel Lindsey Webster
This subject introduces students to two key concepts in physics: quantum mechanics and Einstein’s theory of special relativity. Quantum mechanics topics include the quantum theory of light, the particle nature of matter, matter waves, quantum mechanics in one dimension and tunneling phenomena. Special relativity topics will include the foundations of special relativity, spacetime invariance, simultaneity, and Minkowski diagrams, relativistic kinematics, the Doppler effect, relativistic dynamics, and nuclear reactions.
To challenge students to expand their knowledge of fundamental physics principles and develop their capacity to:
Ongoing assessment of practical work during the semester including:
Satisfactory completion of practical work is necessary to pass the subject, including attendance and submission of work for at least 80% of workshop sessions, together with a result for assessed work of at least 50%.
Serway, Moses and Moyer, Modern Physics 3rd edn, Brooks/Cole-Thomson Learning, 2005
E F Taylor and J A Wheeler, Spacetime Physics 2nd edn, Freeman
|Breadth Options:|| |
This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:
You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.
|Fees Information:||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
A student who completes this subject should be able to:
|Notes:||Students enrolled in the BSc (both pre-2008 and new degrees), BASc or a combined BSc course will receive science credit for the completion of this subject.|
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