Courses & Units

Electromagnetism and Thermodynamics KYA212




Electromagnetism topics include electric and magnetic fields using the vector operators of divergence, gradient and curl, properties of induced polarisation and magnetisation in materials, induction effects, and finally Maxwell's equations and electromagnetic radiation. Applications of electromagnetic phenomena in nature, scientific and consumer equipment are used to illustrate the theory. In thermodynamics, topics include the definition of temperature and its relationship to other thermal properties of systems, work and internal energy, Carnot engines and the Carnot efficiency theorem and the fundamental concept of system entropy. Laboratory sessions involve individual experiments in a wide range of physical phenomena and enable the acquisition of practical skills in experimental technique and data analysis.


Unit name Electromagnetism and Thermodynamics
Unit code KYA212
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Physics
Coordinator Associate Professor Stanislav (Stas) Shabala
Available as student elective? Yes
Level Intermediate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 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 2 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022

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Learning Outcomes

  • Apply both theoretical and experimental knowledge of physical principles in a broad range of contexts and understand the underlying assumptions and limitations of physical theories. You will demonstrate the ability to learn both independently and cooperatively and to learn new skills and apply them to new and unexpected situations.
  • Develop the ability to think critically about the evidence for and against different physical theories and from this conceptualise problems, formulate and evaluate a range of possible solutions. In doing this you will find, acquire, evaluate, manage and use relevant information in a range of media.
  • Demonstrate oral, written, numerical and graphic communication and the ability to integrate information from a range of services & develop a coherent understanding from them.
  • Understand the role of physics in a broad range of contexts, disciplines and situations.
  • Understand that applications of physics may have important social & ethical implications
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010301 $1,002.00 $1,002.00 not applicable

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Admission into a Masters course OR KYA101 AND KYA102 AND ((KMA152 AND KMA154) OR (JEE103 AND JEE104))


Teaching Pattern

3 lectures, 1 tutorial, 1 x 3-hr laboratory

AssessmentExamination 1 (10%)|Examination 2 (10%)|Examination 3 (45%)|Lab reports (20%)|Assignments (15%)
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