PHYS102-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018

Engineering Physics B: Electromagnetism, Modern Physics and 'How Things Work'

15 points, 0.1250 EFTS
16 Jul 2018 - 18 Nov 2018

Description

An essential course for students advancing in physical sciences and engineering who need a good understanding of electromagnetism and concepts of modern physics. The first section covers the E&M necessary to understand basic circuit theory, magnetic field concepts and finally applications such as power technology and electronics. The second section introduces aspects of modern physics such as quantum effects in atoms and materials, radioactivity and nuclear processes. Finally the course finishes with a section titled "How things work - the physics behind modern technology". A series of guest lecturers will elaborate on the physics behind applications such as radar, medical imaging, data storage, lasers, etc.

A valuable course for students advancing in physical sciences and engineering who need to develop a good understanding of electromagnetism and concepts of modern physics.
The first section extends the electromagnetism of PHYS101 to DC and AC circuit theory, more advanced magnetic field concepts, which then leads to Maxwell’s equations and electromagnetic waves.
The second section introduces aspects of Modern Physics such as Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, Quantum Mechanics and finally an introduction to subatomic Particle Physics and elements of Cosmology.

Summary of the Course Content

The topics covered in this course are:
• Gauss’s Law determination of electric fields, Faraday cage
• DC circuit analysis from Kirchoff’s Laws, RC circuits
• Biot-Savart and Ampere’s Laws for magnetic field determination
• Basic AC circuits, RL and RLC
• Maxwell’s equations and electromagnetic theory
• Gravitation, Kepler’s Laws
• Special Theory of Relativity
• Introduction to Quantisation through Planck’s Law, wave-particle duality
• The quantum wavefunction and Schrodinger’s equation
• Quantum tunneling - potential barriers and wells
• Quantum theory of matter
• Particle physics, fundamental forces, quarks and the Standard Model, Cosmology.

Learning Outcomes

The goal of this course is to provide foundation knowledge of Electromagnetism and Modern Physics for students advancing in physical science and engineering degrees.  Students will obtain basic competency in analysing and solving physical problems in these areas.  They will also obtain basic physics laboratory skills and data analysis techniques.

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Employable, innovative and enterprising

Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

Pre-requisites

PHYS101. These prerequisites may be replaced by other background as approved by Head of Department

Restrictions

PHYS114, PHYS115

Equivalent Courses

PHYS114

Timetable 2018

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 16:00 - 17:00 C3 Lecture Theatre 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 10:00 - 11:00 C2 Lecture Theatre 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 16:00 - 17:00 C3 Lecture Theatre 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 13:00 - 16:00 Ernest Rutherford 312 Physics Lab 23 Jul - 12 Aug
20 Aug - 26 Aug
17 Sep - 7 Oct
15 Oct - 21 Oct
02 Friday 09:00 - 12:00 Ernest Rutherford 312 Physics Lab 23 Jul - 12 Aug
20 Aug - 26 Aug
17 Sep - 7 Oct
15 Oct - 21 Oct
03 Tuesday 13:00 - 16:00 Ernest Rutherford 312 Physics Lab 23 Jul - 12 Aug
20 Aug - 26 Aug
17 Sep - 7 Oct
15 Oct - 21 Oct
04 Wednesday 13:00 - 16:00 Ernest Rutherford 312 Physics Lab 23 Jul - 12 Aug
20 Aug - 26 Aug
17 Sep - 7 Oct
15 Oct - 21 Oct
05 Thursday 09:00 - 12:00 Ernest Rutherford 312 Physics Lab 23 Jul - 12 Aug
20 Aug - 26 Aug
17 Sep - 7 Oct
15 Oct - 21 Oct
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 13:00 - 14:00 West 212 23 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
02 Friday 09:00 - 10:00 West 214 23 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
03 Friday 11:00 - 12:00 West 213A 23 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
04 Friday 12:00 - 13:00 West 213A 23 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
05 Thursday 12:00 - 13:00 West 212 23 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
06 Friday 13:00 - 14:00 West 214 23 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct

Examination and Formal Tests

Test A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 18:30 - 19:30 C1 Lecture Theatre 13 Aug - 19 Aug

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Roger Reeves (Physics & Astronomy)

Lecturers

Steven Marsh and Jenni Adams

Assessment

For general course information in the Physics and Astronomy Department click here: http://www.phys.canterbury.ac.nz/courses/General.pdf

Textbooks

Required Texts

R. Serway, J.Jewett, K. Wilson, A. Wilson; PHYSICS VOL. 2; Asia-Pacific Edition; Cengage Learning Australia, 2012.

Notes

All students must demonstrate that they can communicate clearly in written and verbal English. This can be demonstrated with a satisfactory performance in the University's Academic Writing Assessment & Teaching (AWAT) Programme test.

100-level physics and astronomy course information http://www.phys.canterbury.ac.nz/courses/100level.shtml

Additional Course Outline Information

Academic integrity

Please consult the document General Information for Physics and Astronomy Students on the Physics and Astronomy Web Page.
http://www.phys.canterbury.ac.nz/courses/General.pdf

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $937.00

International fee $5,125.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see School of Physical & Chemical Sciences on the department and colleges page.

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