University of Melbourne

Course Description

  • Course Name


  • Host University

    University of Melbourne

  • Location

    Melbourne, Australia

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Physics and Mathematics prerequisites exist for this subject.
    One of
    VCE Units 3/4 Physics or equivalent
    PHYC10002 Physics 2: Advanced
    PHYC10004 Physics 2: Physical Science & Technology
    PHYC10006 Physics 2: Life Sciences & Environment
    One of
    VCE Units 3/4 Mathematical Methods or equivalent
    Admission into the Bachelor of Science

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

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

    This subject is designed for students with a sound background in physics, and aims to provide a
    strong understanding of a broad range of physics principles.

    Topics include:
    Mechanics: describing and explaining translational and rotational motion, for example in
    the contexts of human and animal movement and transport (Newton?s laws of motion, both
    translational and rotational; energy transfer and transformation; momentum and impulse; simple
    harmonic motion, equilibrium).
    Waves and sound: water waves; seismic waves; production and detection of sound, eg. musical
    instruments, hearing; ultrasound (reflection and refraction, superposition, resonance, energy
    transport, absorption, Doppler effect).
    Optics: optical imaging, sensors and optical instruments, human vision, crystallography
    (dispersion, lenses and mirrors, interference, diffraction, polarisation).
    Gravitation: weightlessness, planetary and satellite orbits, escape velocity (universal gravity,
    Kepler?s laws).
    Special relativity: particle accelerators, the ?twin paradox? (Einstein?s modification of Newtonian
    physics, relativity of time and space, equivalence of mass and energy).
    Vector notation, and differential and integral calculus, are used wherever appropriate.

    Learning outcomes:
    To enable students to understand the importance of physical principles and develop their
    capacity to:
    understand and explain the physics principles of translational and rotational mechanics,
    waves, optics and special relativity;
    apply these principles using logical reasoning, together with appropriate mathematical
    reasoning, to a variety of familiar and novel situations and problems; and
    acquire experimental data using a range of measurement instruments and interpret these

    Ongoing assessment of practical work during the semester (25%); ten weekly assignments
    (10 x 1.5% = 15%); a 3-hour written examination in the examination period (60%). Satisfactory
    completion of practical work is necessary to pass the subject (i.e. attendance and submission of
    work for at least 80% of workshop sessions together with a result for assessed work of at least

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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.