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Classical PhysicsWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 301262.1


Student Contribution Band: 2

Level: 3

Credit Points: 10

Assumed Knowledge
Introductory mechanics: Newton’s laws, work, conservation of energy and momentum. Introductory Electrostatics: Electric forces and Coulomb’s law. Introduction to Magnetic fields: production by magnets & currents, magnetic forces on currents & charges; Induced EMF and Faraday’s law. Basic thermodynamic principles of heat, energy and temperature. Mathematics: integral and differential calculus, vectors.

Incompatible Units
300930 Classical Physics and Applied Technologies

300829 Physics 2

Unit Enrolment Restrictions
Successful completion of 40 credit points at Level 2.

About this Unit
This unit covers the key components of classical physics to the advanced level expected of a physics major. Newtonian mechanics will focus on realistic problems, in three dimensions and in the presence of friction and drag. Electromagnetism introduces Maxwell’s equations, and applies them in the presence of matter. Thermodynamics is presented rigorously, focusing on the most general forms of the first and second laws. We will also introduce the basic elements of statistical physics. Fluids and waves will introduce the basic equations of fluids, and in particular the full (PDE) wave equation and its solution.

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