Faculty of Science

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Science
Organisational UnitSchool of Physics
OfferedClayton Second semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Jasmina Lazendic-Galloway


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 students will be able to:

  1. Explain and understand concepts taught in the unit such as fields, electromagnetic phenomena, and quantum mechanics;

  1. Apply their knowledge to solve problems related to these concepts;

  1. Evaluate and appraise novel situations in terms of fields, electrostatics, magnetic interaction and quantum effects;

  1. Execute experiments involving simple apparatus and analyse, interpret and evaluate the results arising from them;

  1. Present and communicate results of others and one's own experimentations in a scientific form.


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)

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