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Classical Physics and Advanced TechnologiesWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 300930.2

Discipline: PHYSICS

Student Contribution Band: 2

Level: 2

Credit Points: 10

Co ordinator
Timothy Stait-Gardner

Assumed Knowledge
Introductory mechanics: Newton’s laws, work, conservation of energy and momentum. Introductory Electrostatics: Electric forces and Coulomb’s law; DC electricity, voltage, current, resistance, Ohm’s law, electric power, circuit laws. Introduction to Magnetic fields: production by magnets & currents, magnetic forces on currents & charges; Induced EMF, Faraday’s law and electrical generators; AC current & voltage, peak & rms values, capacitance and inductance.

Equivalent Units
300413 - Applied Instrumentation in Nanotechnology

300829 Physics 2

Teaching Periods
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About this Unit
This unit explains in depth aspects of classical mechanics related to forced and damped oscillations. Physical waves are introduced and formalized by describing applications of the wave equation to mechanical systems and electromagnetic radiation. Interference and diffraction are detailed using electromagnetic fields (physical optics). Main technological applications of mechanical oscillations and electromagnetic waves are also explained, such as the atomic force microscope, laser, optical tweezers and the zeta-sizer.

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