PHYS 3006 Classical Physics

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 301262

Coordinator Timothy Stait-Gardner Opens in new window

Description This subject 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.

School Science

Discipline Physics And Astronomy

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 2 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 3 subject

Pre-requisite(s) PHYS 1006

Incompatible Subjects CHEM 2003 Classical Physics and Applied Technologies


Successful completion of 120 credit points

Assumed Knowledge

Introductory mechanics: Newton’s laws, work, conservation of energy and momentum. Introductory Electrostatics: Electric forces and Coulomb’s law. Introduction to Magnetic fields: production by magnets & currents, magnetic forces on currents & charges; Induced EMF and Faraday’s law. Basic thermodynamic principles of heat, energy and temperature. Mathematics: integral and differential calculus, vectors.


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Type Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Quiz 60 minutes 25 N Individual
Practical 500 words each 25 N Individual
Final Exam 2 hours 50 Y Individual

Teaching Periods

Autumn (2024)



Subject Contact Miroslav Filipovic Opens in new window

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