Faculty of Science

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedClayton Second semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Kevin Pimbblet


This unit forms part of main-stream physics and provides foundations in rotational dynamics, the gravitational field, electrostatics, magnetism and quantum physics. Together these topics underpin interactions in our universe at sub-atomic to cosmic scales. Electrostatics explores the electric field, potential and energy for various situations, and the behaviour of capacitors and dielectrics. Magnetism covers the relation between currents, magnetic fields and induced emfs, inductance, LCR resonance, and introduces Maxwell's equations and electromagnetic waves. Quantum physics includes wave particle duality for matter and light, quantisation, wave-functions and probabilities, the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, hydrogen atom, and the particle-in-a-box model.


On completion of this unit a student should be able to explain, and apply in simple situations, the principles of physics related to rotational dynamics and mechanical resonance, gravitational and electrostatic fields and potentials, magnetic fields and induction; use and describe basic quantum and atomic physics concepts; carry out experiments and analyse data and write scientific reports.


Examinations (One x 3 hours): 58%
Laboratory work: 25%
Tests/Assignments: 17%
Students must achieve a pass mark in the laboratory work to achieve an overall pass grade.

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Kevin Pimbblet

Contact hours

Three 1-hour lectures and one 3-hour laboratory class per week


PHS1011 or Year 12 Physics or PHS1080, and VCE Specialist Mathematics or MTH1020


Recommended: MTH1020, MTH1030 or MTH1035