Courses & Units

Electromagnetism and Thermodynamics KYA212


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
Unit code KYA212
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Physics
Coordinator Doctor Karelle Siellez
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Intermediate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • 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

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
010301 $1,037.00 $1,037.00 not applicable $2,836.00

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(KYA101 AND KYA102) AND (KMA152 AND KMA154 OR JEE103 AND JEE104)


Teaching Pattern

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.

AssessmentElectrostatics Test (10%)|Magnetism Test (10%)|Assignments (20%)|Experimental reports (20%)|Examination (40%)
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