PHYS132 Applied Physics II

Updated: 09 January 2019
Credit Points 6
Responsible Campus Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Intensive School(s)

Intensive schools are for students enrolled in Online Mode only, unless specified in the notes.

Start Finish Attendance Notes
28 August 2019 31 August 2019 Mandatory The intensive school, which is held in Armidale, is mandatory for online students only.
Supervised Exam There is a supervised exam at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled. The paper-based exam will be held at an established exam venue, and coordinated by UNE Exams Unit.
Pre-requisites PHYS131 or PHYS121
Co-requisites None
Restrictions BIOP112 or PHYS122 or PHYS122A

The School of Science and Technology considers all practical / laboratory activities as essential to student learning.

Attendance and participation in all practical / laboratory classes (sessions) is mandatory - exemptions will not be granted without supporting evidence.

Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Stephen Bosi (
Unit Description

This unit comprises two modules.

Module I will cover the basic principles and applications of Fluid Mechanics: fluid statics and fluid flow; Waves: mechanics waves, standing waves and normal modes, sound; Optics: reflection and refraction, geometrical optics, optical instruments,interference, diffraction.

Module II will cover Modern Physics: introduction to quantum theory and early quantum theory, atomic models, semiconductors and nuclear physics; Heat and Thermodynamics: thermal phenomenon, heat, heat transfer, kinetic theory, the laws of thermodynamics.

Important Information

Where calculators are permitted in examinations, it must be selected from an approved list, which can be accessed from the Further Information link below.

Further information

Materials Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental concepts of fluid statistics, fluid flow and be able to apply the continuity equation and Bernoulli's principle;
  2. demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental concepts of waves as applied to basic mechanical, acoustic and optical systems/instruments; interference and diffraction with applications to optics;
  3. demonstrate a range of manipulative, observational, interpretive, written and graphical communication skills through undertaking and reporting on laboratory work and completing written assignments;
  4. describe the basic principles of modern physics i.e. quantum mechanics, atomic models, nuclear physics and semiconductor physics; and
  5. describe and apply the kinetic theory of gases, and the zeroth and first laws of thermodynamics to basic and practical systems.