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PHY3303 Modern Physics

Short Description: Modern Physics
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


Pre-requisite: PHY1104 and PHY1911

Other Requisites

It is recommended that students first complete 2nd level physics courses prior to study. It is assumed that students will have mathematical skills that are equivalent to MAT1102 Algebra and Calculus I.


Modern physics covers the extraordinary developments in physics that have taken place over the last century or so (and which promise to continue, thanks to the search for a unified theory of everything and the discovery of an expanding universe). This course covers special and general relativity, the quantum description of light and matter, and quantum and statistical mechanics. Also covered are topics on atoms, molecules, solids, and nuclear and particle physics, and a concluding online section on modern cosmology. The theory in this course is supported by practice with relevant problem solving, and experiments. This course contains a highly recommended residential school (non-attendance will mean the student misses both an element for assessment preparation and an element of assessment).

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2021 External
Date printed 2 December 2021