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PHY1911 Physics 2

Short Description: Physics 2
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Sciences
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 010301 - Physics
Grading basis : Graded

Other requisites

It is assumed that students will have mathematical skills (including algebra and calculus) to the equivalent of Queensland Mathematics B standard.


Physics is about the fundamental natural laws governing our universe. Taken as a whole, physics can be considered as the behaviour of just two fundamental quantities (space-time and mass-energy) in the presence of just four fundamental forces (gravitational, electromagnetic and strong and weak nuclear forces). Using physics, a small set of profound natural laws thus can be used to make sense of the complexities of the natural world, as well as the design and operation of our technology. Physics can be divided into different fields of study, with "classical physics" covering mechanics, acoustics, thermodynamics, electromagnetism and optics, and "modern physics" encompassing relativity and the quantum mechanics of light of matter. This course is called Physics 2 as it examines the conceptual basis of electromagnetism, optics and modern physics and is a companion course to Physics 1, which covers mechanics, acoustics and thermodynamics. In this course students are provided with a comprehensive introduction to key concepts for physical science students, and obtain practice with relevant calculus based problem solving and experiments.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 2, 2020 Online
Date printed 12 February 2021