Courses & Units

Waves and Kinetic Theory KYA611



Unit name Waves and Kinetic Theory
Unit code KYA611
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Physics

Prof John Dickey

Teaching staff

Andrew Cole, Danijela Ivkovic, Warren Hankey

Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic


International students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 25/2/2019 22/3/2019 15/4/2019 2/6/2019

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2019 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2019 will be available from the 1st October 2018.

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Learning Outcomes

1. Describe wave and oscillatory phenomena and the kinetic theory of gases using appropriate mathematical notation, including the ability to demonstrate an understanding of the assumptions and limitations of the underlying theoretical framework. (Assessed by ATs 1, 2, 3 and 4)
2. Formulate physical problems in the areas of waves and oscillations and the kinetic theory of gases and apply mathematical techniques to solve them. (Assessed by ATs 1, 2, 3 and 4)
3. Critically review the strengths and weaknesses of the kinetic theory of gases and the application of wave representation in classical and quantum systems. (Assessed by ATs 1, 2, 3 and 4)
4. Analyse and interpret experimental results to identify evidence for and against physics hypotheses. (Assessed by AT 2)
5. Report scientific information to colleagues and lay audiences using oral, written, numerical and graphic communication. (Assessed by ATs 1, 2, 3 and 4)
6. Critically reflect upon the experience of learning Chemistry/Physics and evaluate how it relates to the experience of learning and teaching in schools. (Assessed by AT 5)*

*This ILO is specific to KYA611.



Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2019: $1,169.00 2019: $2,610.00 010301

Fees for next year will be published in October. The fees above only apply for the year shown.

Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.



(KYA501 and KYA502) and (KMA552 and KMA554)

Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

KYA211 and KYA374


Teaching Pattern

3 x 50 minute lectures weekly, 1 x 50 minute tutorial weekly and 1 x 3-hour practical weekly


Assessment Task 1: Assignments: 14%
Assessment Task 2: Laboratory Reports: 14% 
Assessment Task 3: Tests: 28%
Assessment Task 4: Final Exam: 44% 
Assessment Task 5: Portfolio Entry: 10%

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