University of Melbourne
Area of Study
Taught In English
PrerequisitesPhysics and Mathematics prerequisites exist for this subject.PhysicsOne ofVCE Units 3/4 Physics or equivalentPHYC10002 Physics 2: AdvancedPHYC10004 Physics 2: Physical Science & TechnologyPHYC10006 Physics 2: Life Sciences & EnvironmentMathematicsOne ofVCE Units 3/4 Mathematical Methods or equivalentAdmission into the Bachelor of Science
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3 - 4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4 - 6
Hours & Credits
This subject is designed for students with a sound background in physics, and aims to provide a
strong understanding of a broad range of physics principles.
Mechanics: describing and explaining translational and rotational motion, for example in
the contexts of human and animal movement and transport (Newton?s laws of motion, both
translational and rotational; energy transfer and transformation; momentum and impulse; simple
harmonic motion, equilibrium).
Waves and sound: water waves; seismic waves; production and detection of sound, eg. musical
instruments, hearing; ultrasound (reflection and refraction, superposition, resonance, energy
transport, absorption, Doppler effect).
Optics: optical imaging, sensors and optical instruments, human vision, crystallography
(dispersion, lenses and mirrors, interference, diffraction, polarisation).
Gravitation: weightlessness, planetary and satellite orbits, escape velocity (universal gravity,
Special relativity: particle accelerators, the ?twin paradox? (Einstein?s modification of Newtonian
physics, relativity of time and space, equivalence of mass and energy).
Vector notation, and differential and integral calculus, are used wherever appropriate.
To enable students to understand the importance of physical principles and develop their
understand and explain the physics principles of translational and rotational mechanics,
waves, optics and special relativity;
apply these principles using logical reasoning, together with appropriate mathematical
reasoning, to a variety of familiar and novel situations and problems; and
acquire experimental data using a range of measurement instruments and interpret these
Ongoing assessment of practical work during the semester (25%); ten weekly assignments
(10 x 1.5% = 15%); a 3-hour written examination in the examination period (60%). Satisfactory
completion of practical work is necessary to pass the subject (i.e. attendance and submission of
work for at least 80% of workshop sessions together with a result for assessed work of at least
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.