This unit introduces students to the concepts of modern classical electromagnetic theory based on Maxwell's Equations, starting from the basic observational phenomena of electrostatics and magnetostatics, and working through the invention of classical fields and the application of vector calculus to physical systems, ending with the identification of light as electromagnetic radiation. The thermal physics part of the unit shows the results of the application of statistical principles to large systems of particles and gives students the skills and knowledge to evaluate systems in terms of their energy, heat, and entropy. These two topics build from the material in first-semester, second-year physics and represent the culmination of classical physics, laying the groundwork for fuure learning in modern physics. Applications of the principles discussed in KYA212 are drawn from nature, scientific & industrial processes, and consumer goods. 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|
|College/School||College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
|Coordinator||Doctor Karelle Siellez|
|Available as an elective?||Yes|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
|Hobart||Semester 2||On-Campus||Off-Campus||International International||Domestic Domestic|
- International students
- Domestic students
|Study Period||Start date||Census date||WW date||End date|
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- Recognise and apply the fundamental principles of classical electromagnetism in the context of both natural processes and the function of modern technology.
- Recognise and apply the foundations of classical thermodynamics as applied to closed and open systems in the laboratory and the natural world.
- Solve problems in electromagnetism and thermodynamics at an intermediate level with appropriate mathematical tools.
- Design and conduct experiments to test hypotheses in electrodynamics and thermodynamics, and communicate the results of those experiments.
- Understand that applications of physics may have important social & ethical implications
|Field of Education||Commencing Student Contribution 1,3||Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3||Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3||Domestic Full Fee 4|
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PrerequisitesAdmission into a Masters course OR KYA101 AND KYA102 AND ((KMA152 AND KMA154) OR (JEE103 AND JEE104))
3 50-minute face-to-face seminars/guided workshops per week, 1 50-minute tutorial per week, and 1 3-hour lab meeting per week.
|Assessment||Electrostatics Test (10%)|Magnetism Test (10%)|Examination (40%)|Experimental reports (20%)|Assignments (20%)|
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.
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