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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.
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.
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.
PHYS101. These prerequisites may be replaced by other background as approved by Head of Department
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Roger Reeves (Physics & Astronomy)
and Jenni Adams
For general course information in the Physics and Astronomy Department click here: http://www.phys.canterbury.ac.nz/courses/General.pdf
R. Serway, J.Jewett, K. Wilson, A. Wilson;
PHYSICS VOL. 2;
Cengage Learning Australia, 2012.
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
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
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.