Courses & Units

Waves and Kinetic Theory KYA211




Waves topics include oscillatory systems, the wave equation for vibrating wires, acoustic waves, electrical waves in coaxial cables or transmission lines. The   Schrodinger wave equation and Fourier techniques for wave analysis will also be studied. 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, and experiments to study wave motion.


Unit name Waves and Kinetic Theory
Unit code KYA211
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Physics

Prof A Reading

Teaching staff

Assoc Prof A Cole, Dr D Ivkovic

Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


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


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 22/2/2021 23/3/2021 12/4/2021 30/5/2021

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Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
010301 $993.00 $993.00 not applicable $2,701.00

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Mutual Exclusions

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

  • KYA374


Teaching Pattern

3 Lectures, 1 Tutorial, 1x3hr laboratory


50% Examination, 50% Internal assessment (including 2x1-hr mid semester tests)

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