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Physics - Department of Physics at Hobart

Physics is the fundamental science which forms the foundation of engineering and technology, and provides the basis for an understanding of biology, chemistry, geology and other sciences.
The units offered by the Department of Physics are for students who intend to make physics their career and for those who need physics to support their studies in other disciplines.

Students intending to major in physics (in order to proceed to honours) must take units which satisfy the prerequisites for KYA300, 302, 304, 305 offered in third year. They will include units from other disciplines such as chemistry, mathematics, and computer science in their degree.
Students who wish to major in other disciplines will find that physics provides them with important basic knowledge, and skills such as general problem-solving and laboratory techniques, especially in electronics.
For advice on the choice of units, students should contact the physics enrolment officer, other Department of Physics staff and the sub-deans. Students should consult lecturers before buying expensive text books or equipment such as calculators.
Students intending to major in Physics will normally include the following:

First year
KYA100 Physics 1 [25% (9pts)]
KMA102 Calculus and Linear Algebra 1 [25% (9pts)]
KCA122 Computer Science 1 [25% (9pts)]
and 25% (9pts) chosen from other units which could be Group 1 or Group 1A units

See Bachelor of Science Schedule A

Second year
The following unit should be studied:
KYA200 Physics 2 [33.33% (12pts)]
KYA221 and KYA229 may be taken by Physics majors, however, students are not especially advised to take either or both of them
KYA221 Biophysics 2 [8.33% (3pts)]
KYA229 Astronomy [8.33% (3pts)]
It is desirable that the following Mathematics units be included:
KMA202 Calculus & Linear Algebra 2 [16.67% (6pts)]
KMA251 Applied Statistics 2 [8.33% (3pts)]
The choice of units to make up the total of 100% (36pts) will depend on the interests of the individual student. For example, students may wish to include additional Mathematics units, particularly if their interests are in Theoretical Physics.
Physics students with an interest in Biophysics should consider:

KYA221 Biophysics [8.33% (3pts)]
KPA200 Botany 2 [33.33% (12pts)]
Physics students without KEA100 Geology 1 but with an interest in Geophysics should consider:
KEA221 Introductory Exploration Geophysics [8.33% (3pts)]
The prerequisites for all proposed units must have been satisfied before final enrolment.

Third year
For students entering their third year, a much wider choice of units is possible.
A major in Physics requires a pass in KYA300 Physics 3 [33.33% (12pts)], and any one of
KYA302 Applied Physics [16.67 (6pts)]
KYA304 Theoretical Physics A [16.67 (6pts)]
KYA305 Theoretical Physics B [16.67 (6pts)]
Theoretical Physics A and Theoretical Physics B are offered in alternate years.
Among the Group 3 units available from other departments, Mathematics, Geology and Chemistry may be of particular interest to Physics majors.
Of the Mathematics units, the most suitable is:

KMA314 Partial Differential Equations [8.33% (3pts)]
The Chemistry unit most likely to be of interest is:
KRA301 Chemistry 3A [25% (9pts)]
The choice of Geology units may be from:
KEA311 Geophysics [16.67% (6pts)] and
KEA324 Exploration Geophysics [16.67% (6pts)]
Students interested in Biophysics might consider:
KRA301 Chemistry 3A [25% (9pts)]
The above are only some of the units which may interest Physics majors.
Students with appropriate prerequisites may look beyond the Faculty of Science & Technology for units to complete a BSc degree. For instance, a Physics student gifted in a foreign language taught at this University may consider taking units in that language
Note: Students intending to enrol for KYA410 Physics Honours or KYA400 Biophysics Honours should discuss their third year course with staff members before enrolment.
Fourth year
Honours in Physics
Admission to Honours depends on satisfactory performance in an approved course. All enrolments are subject to departmental approval.

For details of prerequisites for Biophysics or Physics Honours, see KYA400, 401 and KYA410, 411 respectively

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KYA100 Physics 1

Is for students who expect to major in physics, as well as for those majoring in the other physical sciences, mathematics and computer science. Topics are studied at considerable depth. The unit is a prerequisite for KYA200 and an alternative prerequisite for all other Group 2 Physics units. Studies cover: dynamics; properties of matter; circuits and electronics in experimental physics; special relativity; introduction to astronomy; atomic physics; wave motion and oscillatory phenomena. Laboratory work is done in optics and optical instruments; electrical measurements in physics; and selected experiments.

Special Notes
teaching staff Dr JE Humble and others
campus & mode Hbt, int
unit weight [25% (9pts)]
teaching pattern full year - 3 lectures, a tutorial and a 3-hour practical class a week (28 weeks)
prerequisites TCE Physics (PH866) and TCE Mathematics Stage 2 (MT841). Students with different but equivalent qualifications are required to consult the Department before enrolling. Students having Tertiary Entrance Scores of less than about 6 in Physics or less than about 3 in Mathematics Stage 2 may find their background inadequate for this course
corequisites
mutual exclusions all other first year Physics units KYA1-
method of assessment assignments during the year (5%), laboratory work and reports (15%), 3-hour exams in June and Nov (80%)
required texts, etc
Halliday D and Resnick R, Fundamentals of Physics, extended 4th edn, Wiley.
recommended reading
Course: Bachelor of Science specimen course - Physical Sciences, Psychology or Humanities (S3G)
Bachelor of Science specimen course - Geological Sciences (S3G)
Bachelor of Science (S3G) - main schedule of units




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KYA120 Biological Physics: Mechanisms and Instrumentation

Is for students requiring applied biological physics as a basis for their study of human, plant or animal physiology. Besides the study of the physical principles of life processes, the unit includes those principles which underlie biological instrumentation. Lectures are also given by specialists in agricultural, biological, medical and pharmaceutical science. Laboratory experiments give experience in the topics covered, and the work includes training in general laboratory technique, record keeping, data analysis using computers, report writing and other transferable practical skills. Studies cover: wave motion - sound and light; fluids, solids and thermal processes; X-rays, ionising radiation and health physics; cell membrane electrophysiology; and thermodynamics, osmosis, diffusion, energetics, imaging systems, and homeostasis.

Special Notes
teaching staff Mr D Davies, Dr IA Newman, and others
campus & mode Hbt, int
unit weight [25% (9pts)]
teaching pattern full year - 3 lectures, a tutorial and a 3-hour practical class a week (28 weeks)
prerequisites TCE year 12 Physics (PH866) and TCE Mathematics Stage 2 (MT841). Students with different but equivalent qualifications are required to consult the department before enrolling. Students having Tertiary Entrance Scores of less than about 4 in Physics may find their background inadequate for this course
corequisites
mutual exclusions all other first year Physics units KYA1-
method of assessment 3-hour written exam at the end of each semester, laboratory work assessed by an exam and reports, assignment work
required texts, etc
Giancoli DC, Physics, 4th edn, Prentice Hall.
recommended reading
Course: Bachelor of Science specimen course - Life Sciences(S3G)
Bachelor of Science (S3G) - main schedule of units





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KYA130 Agricultural Physics: Mechanisms and Instrumentation

Builds on students' experience in TCE Physics and provides a basis for plant physiology and other areas of Agricultural Science. Besides the physical principles of life processes, the unit includes the principles underlying biological instrumentation. Each topic examines various biological mechanisms and/or instruments and analyses them for their physics content. Lectures given by specialists in relevant disciplines are integrated to enhance the breadth of the unit, and to link it to professional work. The associated physics is developed in lectures and the relevant concepts and relationships explored. Laboratory experiments give experience in the topics covered, and the work includes training in general laboratory technique, record keeping, report writing and other transferable practical skills. Studies cover: wave motion - sound and light; cell membrane electrophysiology; fluids, solids and thermal processes; X-rays, ionising radiation and health physics; and thermodynamics, osmosis, diffusion, energetics, imaging systems, and homeostasis.

Special Notes this unit is only available to Agriculture students

teaching staff Mr D Davies, Dr IA Newman, and others
campus & mode Hbt, int
unit weight [25% (9pts)]
teaching pattern full year - 3 lectures, a tutorial and a3-hour practical class a week (28 weeks)
prerequisites TCE year 12 Physics (PH866) and TCE Mathematics Stage 2 (MT841). Students with different but equivalent qualifications are required to consult the department before enrolling. The prerequisites will not be enforced in 1996, but the relevant background will be assumed. Students having Tertiary Entrance Scores of less than about 4 in Physics may find their background inadequate for this course
corequisites
mutual exclusions all other first year Physics units KYA1-
method of assessment 3-hour written exam at the end of each semester, laboratory work assessed by an exam and reports, assignment work
required texts, etc
Giancoli DC, Physics, 4th edn, Prentice Hall.
recommended reading
Course: Bachelor of Agricultural Science (S3A)






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KYA140 General Applied Physics

Is for students (including those from non-science faculties) who want to understand the way the physical world works and who want to gain practical skills to control processes and equipment in their everyday lives or their profession. The unit is suitable for students who have a physics background from TCE year 11. It will provide tertiary quality studies in a wide range of physics at a less demanding level than KYA100 Physics 1 and KYA120 Biological Physics. Physics topics or issues of general or professional interest are chosen and the physics concepts are developed and applied in a flexible lecture/laboratory/discussion format. Core ideas, attitudes and skills are developed. Students also work by themselves or in small groups to extend their physics understanding in these chosen areas. For students in the Bachelor of Applied Science, (Agriculture or Horticulture) and in Geomatics, this is done in collaboration with those departments. Topics covered include: measurement and analysis, electricity/electronics and instrumentation; magnetism, statics and dynamics; optics and optical instruments; waves; properties of matter; atomic and thermal physics.

Special Notes
teaching staff Mr D Davies and others
campus & mode Hbt, int
unit weight [25% (9pts)]
teaching pattern full year - 2 lectures, a tutorial and a 3-hour practical/excursion a week (28 weeks)
prerequisites TCE Physical Sciences SC786. A knowledge of mathematics to at least TCE Mathematics Applied MT730 will be extremely useful
corequisites
mutual exclusions all other first year Physics units KYA1-
method of assessment theory exams in June and Nov (45%), practical exams in June and Nov (25%), weekly assignments (5%), projects (25%)
required texts, etc
recommended reading
Course:






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KYA142 Applied Physics (Geomatics)

Gives students in surveying awareness of physical principles, processes and systems; and experience and skills which are useful to them in surveying. The unit is two thirds of the unit KYA140 General Applied Physics. The selection of topics which form the first half of KYA140 has been made in discussion with the Department of Surveying. Topics include: Electricity/electronics and instrumentation; magnetism; dynamics; optics and optical instruments; waves; and properties of matter.

Special Notes this unit is available only to Geomatics students

teaching staff Mr D Davies and others
campus & mode Hbt, int
unit weight [16.67%]
teaching pattern full year - 2 lectures, a tutorial and a 3-hour practical/excursion for 19 weeks during sem 1 and 2. Individual and small group project work takes about 3 hrs a week
prerequisites TCE Physical Sciences SC786. A knowledge of mathematics to at least TCE Mathematics Applied MT730 will be extremely useful
corequisites
mutual exclusions all other first year Physics units KYA1-
method of assessment theory exams in June and Nov (45%), practical exams in June and Nov (25%), weekly assignments (5%), projects (25%).
required texts, etc
recommended reading
Course:






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KYA151 Biophysics (Medicine)

Builds on students' experience in TCE Physics, highlighting the biological aspects of physical principles and concepts. The unit provides a basis for human physiology and links with biophysical aspects of Medicine in all years of that course. Besides the physical principles of life processes, the unit studies the principles underlying biomedical instrumentation. Each topic examines various biological mechanisms and/or instruments and analyses them for their physics content. Specialist teaching in biology and medicine is integrated to enhance the breadth of the unit and to link it to professional work. The associated physics is developed and the relevant concepts and relationships explored. Laboratory experiments give experience in the topics covered, and the work includes training in general laboratory and observational technique, record keeping, report writing and other transferable practical skills. Studies include: cell membrane electrophysiology; wave motion - sound and light; and thermal physics, osmosis, diffusion.

Special Notes this unit is available only to Medicine students

teaching staff Dr IA Newman, Mr D Davies, and others
campus & mode Hbt, int
unit weight [12.5%]
teaching pattern sem 1 - up to 7 hrs class contact time a week
prerequisites TCE year 12 Physics (PH866) and TCE Mathematics Stage 2 (MT841)
corequisites
mutual exclusions
method of assessment written exam in June, laboratory and assignment work
required texts, etc
Giancoli DC, Physics, 4th edn, Prentice Hall.
recommended reading
Course:






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KYA152 Biophysics Option (Medicine)

Builds on students' experience in TCE Physics and KYA151 to provide a basis for human physiology for later areas of the Medical course. The overall teaching approach is the same as for KYA151, though the topics are generally conceptually more advanced, so as to link with the biological aspects of medicine occurring in later years. A wide range of laboratory experiments gives experience in the topics covered by lectures and the opportunity for independent thought, initiative and group collaboration. There is a library-research, small-group project on a topic in medical physics. Studies cover: nature and use of X-rays, ionising radiation and their effects on human beings; and thermodynamics, biomechanics, properties of fluids and solids, energetics, imaging systems and homeostasis.

Special Notes this unit is available only to Medicine students

teaching staff Dr IA Newman, Mr D Davies and others
campus & mode Hbt, int
unit weight [12.5%]
teaching pattern sem 2 - 3 lectures, a tutorial and a 3-hour laboratory class each week
prerequisites KYA151
corequisites
mutual exclusions
method of assessment 3-hour written exam in Nov, laboratory and assignment work
required texts, etc
Giancoli DC, Physics, 4th edn, Prentice Hall.
recommended reading
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KYA160 Biophysics (Pharmacy)

Builds on students' experience in TCE Physics, to provide a basis for human physiology and to link with biophysical aspects of Pharmacy in all years of that course. Besides the physical principles of life processes, the unit includes the principles underlying biomedical instrumentation. Each topic examines various biological mechanisms and/or instruments and analyses them for their physics content. Lectures given by specialists in biology, pharmacy and medicine are integrated to enhance the breadth of the unit and to link it to professional work. The associated physics is developed in lectures and the relevant concepts and relationships discussed. A wide range of laboratory experiments gives experience in the topics, and the work includes training in general laboratory, observational and analytical techniques, record keeping, report writing and other transferable practical skills as well as the opportunity for independent thought, initiative and group collaboration. Studies cover: wave motion - sound and light; cell membrane electro-physiology; fluids, solids and biomechanics; X-rays, ionising radiation and health physics; and thermodynamics, Osmosis, diffusion, energetics, imaging systems and homeostasis.

Special Notes this unit is available only to students of Pharmacy

teaching staff Dr IA Newman, Mr D Davies and others
campus & mode Hbt, int
unit weight [25%]
teaching pattern full year - 3 lectures, a tutorial and a 3-hour laboratory class each week, with assignments set each week
prerequisites TCE year 12 Physics (PH866) and TCE Mathematics Stage 2 (MT841)
corequisites
mutual exclusions
method of assessment 3-hour written exams in June and Nov, laboratory and assignment work
required texts, etc
Giancoli DC, Physics, 4th edn, Prentice Hall.
recommended reading
Course:






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