Physics and Astronomy (PHYS)

PHYS 0001  Foundation Physics 1 (WSTC Prep)  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 700144  

This unit replaces 700026 - Physics (UWSCFS) from Term 1 2014. This unit provides a brief introduction to the essentials of Physics. This unit is focused on skills and knowledge that students from a variety of science, construction and engineering courses need in their first year of study. Students cover introductory topics in Mechanics, Energy and Power, Electricity and waves.

Level: Undergraduate Level 0 Preparatory subject  
Equivalent Subjects: PHYS 0002 - Foundation Physics 1 (UWSC)  
Incompatible Subjects: PHYS 0006 - Physics (UWSCFS) PHYS 0005 - Physics (UWSC)  
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PHYS 0002  Foundation Physics 1 (WSTC)  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 900079  

This unit provides a brief introduction to the essentials of Physics. This unit is focused on skills and knowledge that students from a variety of science, construction and engineering courses need in their first year of study. Students cover introductory topics in Mechanics, Energy and Power, Electricity and Waves.

Level: Undergraduate Level 0 Preparatory subject  
Equivalent Subjects: PHYS 0001 - Foundation Physics 1 (WSTC)  
Incompatible Subjects: LGYB 1383 - Physics (WSTC) PHYS 0006 - Physics (WSTC Prep)  
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PHYS 0003  Foundation Physics 2 (WSTC Prep)  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 700145  

This unit provides students with the background knowledge and skills in physics needed for Engineering courses. Students will cover more advanced content in Mechanics, Electricity, Magnetism and waves.

Level: Undergraduate Level 0 Preparatory subject  
Pre-requisite(s): Students enrolled in 7066 Diploma in Engineering Extended must have passed PHYS 0001 Foundation Physics  
Equivalent Subjects: PHYS 0004 - Foundation Physics 2 (UWSC)  
Incompatible Subjects: LGYB 1383 - Physics (UWSC) PHYS 0006 - Physics (UWSCFS)  
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PHYS 0004  Foundation Physics 2 (WSTC)  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 900080  

This unit provides students with the background knowledge and skills in physics needed for Engineering courses. Students will cover more advanced content in Mechanics, Electricity, Magnetism and waves.

Level: Undergraduate Level 0 Preparatory subject  
Pre-requisite(s): PHYS 0002  
Equivalent Subjects: PHYS 0003 - Foundation Physics 2 (UWSCFS)  
Incompatible Subjects: PHYS 0005 - Physics (UWSC) PHYS 0006 - Physics (UWSCFS)  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
PHYS 0006  Physics (WSTC Prep)  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 700026  

This unit serves as an introduction to the fundamentals of physics with appropriate applications in a wide range of engineering areas.

Level: Undergraduate Level 0 Preparatory subject  
Equivalent Subjects: PHYS 0005 - Physics (UWSC)  
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PHYS 1002  Physics 1  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 300828  

Physics is the study of the fundamental nature of matter, energy, space-time, and motion. It uses conceptual, mathematical and experimental tools to achieve this understanding. In this unit, we survey mechanics, electromagnetism, optics and thermal physics, and briefly consider relativity, quantum physics and nuclear physics. Conceptual, mathematical and experimental understanding of physics will be developed, and the use of the tools of physics (e.g. estimation, uncertainty, dimensional analysis) will be introduced. This unit provides non-specialists (e.g. students in other majors and aspiring secondary teachers) with a good basic overview of the subject, and prepares specialist students for further study.

Level: Undergraduate Level 1 subject  
Equivalent Subjects: PHYS 1003 - Physics 1 PHYS 1004 Physics 1 (WSTC)  
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PHYS 1004  Physics 1 (WSTC)  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 700035  

This unit provides an introduction to physics for science and medical science students as well as providing a basis for further study of more advanced physics for students pursuing courses in nanotechnology, chemical, physical and mathematical sciences. It provides a foundation to understand the physical principles which underlay scientific instrumentation and analysis. Topics covered include systems of units; Introductory mechanics, Newton's laws, work, conservation of energy and momentum; Electricity, electrostatics, DC and AC circuits and components, introductory electromagnetism; Waves and optics, electromagnetic radiation, reflection, refraction, image formation, polarisation, interference and diffraction.

Level: Undergraduate Level 1 subject  
Equivalent Subjects: LGYA 3630 - Engineering Physics PHYS 1001 - Physics 1 LGYA 5727 - Physics 1D PHYS 1003 - Physics 1 PHYS 1002 - Physics 1  
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PHYS 1006  Physics 2  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 300829  

This unit develops a deeper understanding of physics for students pursuing courses in nanotechnology, chemical, physical and mathematical sciences. Topics covered include Mechanics: Equilibrium, stress and strain, harmonic oscillators, rotational motion, moment of inertia. Gravitation, types of force in nature. Thermal Physics: temperature, specific & latent heat, heat transfer, kinetic theory of gases, first law of thermodynamics, isothermal, isobaric & adiabatic processes. Introduction to Modern Physics: special relativity, time dilation, length contraction, momentum, mass, rest energy, velocity addition. Basic quantum theory, Planck's hypothesis, wave nature of matter, quantum mechanical view of atoms. Nuclear physics, radiation, half-life, nuclear reactions.

Level: Undergraduate Level 1 subject  
Equivalent Subjects: LGYA 6150 - Physics 2  
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PHYS 2004  The Cosmos in Perspective: Information and Life  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 300966  

From the Big Bang to the end of the Universe, from our own Solar System to the farthest superclusters of galaxies, our knowledge of the Universe is growing at an amazing rate. This unit will explore the cosmos at scales from planets to the edge of the visible universe. We develop an appreciation of the processes of science, and an understanding of how astrophysicists know what they know. We will consider cultural perspectives on the cosmos, including that of indigenous Australians. We will consider our place in the cosmos: the requirements for life to exist, and the possibility of other life in the Universe.

Level: Undergraduate Level 2 subject  
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PHYS 2005  Classical Physics and Advanced Technologies  (10 Credit Points)  

This unit explains in depth aspects of classical mechanics related to forced and damped oscillations. Physical waves are introduced and formalized by describing applications of the wave equation to mechanical systems and electromagnetic radiation. Interference and diffraction are detailed using electromagnetic fields (physical optics). Main technological applications of mechanical oscillations and electromagnetic waves are also explained, such as the atomic force microscope, laser, optical tweezers and the zeta-sizer.

Level: Undergraduate Level 2 subject  
Pre-requisite(s): PHYS 1006  
Equivalent Subjects: LGYA 6024 - Applied Instrumentation in Nanotechnology  
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PHYS 3001  Astroinformatics  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 300916  

Modern astronomy is strongly driven by large datasets, which require advanced computing procedures to analyse. Students will learn about the science of stars, planets and galaxies; the use of computers in science; and how to formulate and solve challenging problems in modern science using high-level computer skills. These skills are highly transferable to other occupations.

Level: Undergraduate Level 3 subject  
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PHYS 3006  Classical Physics  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 301262  

This unit covers the key components of classical physics to the advanced level expected of a physics major. Newtonian mechanics will focus on realistic problems, in three dimensions and in the presence of friction and drag. Electromagnetism introduces Maxwell's equations, and applies them in the presence of matter. Thermodynamics is presented rigorously, focusing on the most general forms of the first and second laws. We will also introduce the basic elements of statistical physics. Fluids and waves will introduce the basic equations of fluids, and in particular the full (PDE) wave equation and its solution.

Level: Undergraduate Level 3 subject  
Pre-requisite(s): PHYS 1006  
Incompatible Subjects: CHEM 2003 Classical Physics and Applied Technologies  
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PHYS 3007  Quantum Physics  (10 Credit Points)  

The unit builds on quantum concepts that have been introduced in earlier units such Physics 1,2, Nanotechnology and Chemistry. It aims at developing the student's understanding of quantum principles as they apply to hard and soft matter systems, including atoms , molecules and extended arrays such as metal and semiconductors as well as biological tissue

Level: Undergraduate Level 3 subject  
Pre-requisite(s): PHYS 1002 AND
PHYS 1006
  
Equivalent Subjects: LGYA 6033 - Quantum Properties of Chemical Systems  
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PHYS 3008  Biomedical Physics  (10 Credit Points)  

Students completing this unit will be able to apply the principles and practice of physics to advanced biomedical applications, to critically analyse data regarding, and solve problems involving the physics of living systems, and to work with a range of advanced instrumentation. This unit will provide advanced training in biomedical physics and prepare students for career pathways in medical and biomedical physics. The unit content includes concepts of diffusion and Brownian motion; applications of thermodynamics to biological systems and the origin of life; biomolecular self-assembly; nuclear magnetic resonance and magnetic resonance imaging; atomic force microscopy; molecular dynamics simulations; biophotonics; and nuclear and radiation physics in biomedical sciences.

Level: Undergraduate Level 3 subject  
Pre-requisite(s): MATH 1014 AND
PHYS 1002
  
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PHYS 7001  A Cosmic Perspective  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 301247  

The unit explores and challenges scientific as well as cultural perspectives on the cosmos, from its composition, expansion and the development and endings of the stars and planets, to life, its limits, evolution and mass extinctions on Earth. The unit also considers the development of consciousness, astrology vs astronomy, expanding horizons, space travel and space exploration.

Level: Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject  
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PHYS 7002  Space Instrumentation, Technology and Communication  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 301248  

The Space Instrumentation, Technology and Communication unit is focussed on the application of space technology in industrial settings. Its main objective is to provide a sound knowledge of the underlying principles which form a thorough basis for careers in space technology, satellite communications and related fields. This unit gives the student grounding in the technologies used in space science. By considering the underlying scientific principles and case studies of the instrumentation used in space, students will not only understand the current state of the art in space science, but also the foundations of the field in order to be able to stay current in this fast-moving field. Content includes but is not limited to: Imaging, Detectors, Principles of Communication, and Principles of Space Technology.

Level: Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject  
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PHYS 7003  Space Science, Planetary Science and Meteorology  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 301249  

This unit examines the six key priorities of the Australian Space Agency: communication, space debris monitoring, navigation and positioning, Earth observation, space technology research and development, and remote asset management. Students will examine the Sun and Solar System, planetary science, meteorology, and the physics of rockets and satellites. Students will explore the interconnections between the Earth land, ocean, atmosphere, and life of our planet in the era of modern satellite technologies. These include the critical review of our understanding about the cycles of water, carbon, rock, and other materials that continuously shape, influence, and sustain Earth and its inhabitants. Students will also be able to design new models of the cyclical interactions between the Earth system and the Sun, Moon and will discover the fundamental processes which define our Universe and our planet.

Level: Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject  
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PHYS 9001  Higher Degree Research Thesis - Physics  (20 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 800121  
Level: PhD and Research Masters Level 9 subject  
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