The unit KYA211 Waves and Kinetic Theory is the core physics major course for second year, first semester. It is also suitable for students who wish to study more physics beyond first year but who do not intend to major in the subject. It is particularly useful for students interested in geophysics and atmospheric physics. It provides in-depth understanding of many forms of wave motion and an introduction to concepts in the kinetic theory of gasses. The mathematics of wave motion is taught, including an introduction to the theory and application of Fourier Series.
Waves topics include oscillatory systems, the wave equation for vibrating wires, acoustic waves, electrical waves in coaxial cables or transmission lines, and electromagnetic waves, and Fourier techniques for wave analysis. Kinetic theory topics include molecular models of gases, Maxwell-Boltzmann and related distributions, real gases and gas laws, and applications to transport phenomena (thermal conductivity, diffusion, viscosity), gas flow, and vacuum techniques.
Laboratory sessions consider experimental data manipulation and error analysis as well as practice with equipment to analyze waves, such as cathode ray oscilloscopes.
|Unit name||Waves and Kinetic Theory|
|College/School||College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
|Coordinator||Professor Anya Reading|
|Available as student elective?||Yes|
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|Hobart||Semester 1||On-Campus||Off-Campus||International International||Domestic Domestic|
- International students
- Domestic students
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- familiarity with basic terminology and processes in waves and kinetic theory
- understand how oscillations happen, and how they can propagate as waves, including mechanical, electrical, fluid, and radiation applications
- understand how gases behave at the molecular level
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PrerequisitesAdmission into a Masters course OR (KYA101 AND KYA102 AND ((KMA152 AND KMA154) OR (JEE103 AND JEE104))
|Assessment||Test or quiz (14%)|Test or quiz (14%)|Examination - invigilated (externally - Exams Office) (44%)|Report (14%)|Assignment (14%)|
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