Physics 1B

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Physics 1B

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    1301BPS Physics 1A or 1031SCG Physics 1A or 1018ENG Engineering Science
    1201BPS Mathematics 1A or 1011SCG Mathematics 1A or 1201SCG Linear Algebra Co-Assumed: 1202SCG Calculus I or 1020ENG Engineering Mathematics 2

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This course extends the physics presented in Physics 1A and provides a basis for further studies in physics and physical chemistry. It introduces students to Kinetic theory, Thermodynamics, Quantum Physics and Relativity and develops more advanced concepts in Electricity and Magnetism through lectures, tutorials and laboratory classes. 

    Course Introduction
    Physics is a fundamental science through which we understand how the natural world works and develop new technologies. This course continues the development of the theory of electromagnetism introduced in Physics 1A and it also provides a basic grounding in waves/optics, kinetic theory, thermodynamics, gravity/relativity and quantum mechanics.

    Course Aims
    The course gives students a grounding in classical and modern physics. It provides the basis for courses in later years for students going on to study physics, chemistry and electronics.

    The purpose of the course is
    - to extend students' knowledge of electricity and magnetism and to apply that knowledge to AC circuits,
    - to introduce students to the basic concepts and equations of ray optics and waves, kinetic theory and thermodynamics, and
    - to introduce students to the conceptual bases of modern physics.
    This course is an element in the development of an increasingly sophisticated understanding of the natural world.

    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:

    1  apply the laws of reflection and refraction, apply the lensmaker's formula and the mirror equation, and use ray diagrams to solve problems involving the formation of images using lenses and mirrors. Solve problems with Diffraction, Interference of Waves. Solve problems involving Doppler Effect.
    2  apply the kinetic theory of gases and the ideal gas law to solve problems involving temperature, pressure and volume of gases, and use thermodynamic concepts of conservation of energy, temperature, equilibrium, reversibility and irreversibility to solve problems involving heat engines
    3  apply Gauss' Law, the Bio-Savart Law and Amperes Law to problems involving electricity and magnetism, evaluate the electrostatic potential, current, resistance, inductance, capacitance, reactance and impedance for various circuit elements, calculate the energy stored in inductors and capacitors and the energy dissipated by electrical resistance, analyse AC circuits using phasors and calculate resonace conditions.
    4  Solve problems involving Gravitation. describe the resolutions of the twin paradox and the pole and barn paradox, apply the relativistic principles of length contraction and time dilation to solve problem involving observers moving in different inertial reference frames, and apply the conservation of relativistic energy and momentum to solve problems involving relativistic collisions between two objects.
    5  apply Planck's Law for blackbody radiation, solve problems involving the photoelectric effect and the Compton effect, apply de Broglie's hypothesis to analyse the wave-like properties of particles, analyse the constraints of Heisenberg's uncertainty relation for microscopic and macroscopic situations, calculate properties of the hydrogen spectrum using Bohr's model, and apply Schrodinger's equation to solve simple problems in quantum mechanics.
    6  use equipment such as oscilloscopes, multimeters, pressure gauges, stop watches and thermometers to carry out basic experimental investigations, analyse the resulting data and report on the findings.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.