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Physics 2Western Sydney University Unit Code: 300829.1

Discipline: PHYSICS

Student Contribution Band: 2

Level: 1

Credit Points: 10

Assumed Knowledge
HSC 2 Unit Physics or one semester of university level Physics or equivalent plus HSC 2 Unit Mathematics Band 4 (Not General Mathematics) or one semester of university level Mathematics or equivalent.

Equivalent Units
300559 - Physics 2

About this Unit
This unit develops a deeper understanding of physics for students pursuing courses in nanotechnology, chemical, physical and mathematical sciences. Topics covered include Mechanics: Equilibrium, stress and strain, harmonic oscillators, rotational motion, moment of inertia. Gravitation, types of force in nature. Thermal Physics: temperature, specific & latent heat, heat transfer, kinetic theory of gases, first law of thermodynamics, isothermal, isobaric & adiabatic processes. Introduction to Modern Physics: special relativity, time dilation, length contraction, momentum, mass, rest energy, velocity addition. Basic quantum theory, Planck's hypothesis, wave nature of matter, quantum mechanical view of atoms. Nuclear physics, radiation, half-life, nuclear reactions.

Special Requirements - Essential Equipment
Students must have a Scientific calculator and laboratory notebook (this should be a good quality A4 size book into which graphs, computer printouts and other relevant information may be added as required).

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