Technology used and required
Unit web page
The web page for this unit can be found at http://ilearn.mq.edu.au
Please check this web page regularly for announcements and material available for downloading. Some learning resources for the unit will be provided in hardcopy rather on-line.
Required and Recommended Texts and/or Materials
The first half of the course will follow "The Physics of Vibrations and Waves", Sixth Edition; H.J. Pain, Wiley (2005).
There is no single text book for the second half of the course. Recommended reading includes, the above text, as well as
2. The Feynman Lectures on Physics, Vol. 1, R.P. Feynman, R.B. Leighton and M. Sands (QC23.F47)
3. Vibrations and Waves in Physics, Second Edition, I.G. Main, Cambridge University Press (QC136.M34)
4. Oscillations and Waves, R. Buckley, Adam Hilger (1985) (QC157.B82).
5. Vibrations and Waves, A.P. French, Norton (1971) (QC235.F74).
6. Wave Physics, R.E.I. Newton, Edward Arnold (QC157.N48).
7. The Physics of Vibrations and Waves, Fourth Edition, H.J. Pain, Wiley (1993) QC231.P3/1993.
8. The Physics of Vibrations and Waves, Fifth Edition, H.J. Pain, Wiley (1999)QC231.P3/1999.
9. Fundamentals of Optics, F.A. Jenkins and H.E. White, McGraw-Hill (QC355.2.J46).
10. Optics, E. Hecht, Addison-Wesley (QC355.H42).
Teaching and Learning Strategy
This unit is taught through lectures and tutorials. We strongly encourage students to attend lectures because they provide a much more interactive and effective learning experience than studying a textbook. Questions during and outside lectures are strongly encouraged in this unit - please do not be afraid to ask, as it is likely that your classmates will also want to know the answer. You should aim to read the relevant sections of the textbook before and after lectures and discuss the content with classmates and lecturers.
You should aim to spend 3 hours per week working on tutorial problems and exercises. You may wish to discuss these problems with other students and the lecturers. This guided study in your own time is one of the key learning activities for this unit. It is by applying knowledge learned from lectures and textbooks to solve problems that you are best able to test and develop your skills and understanding of the material.
The experimental aspects of the unit require students to attend laboratories where they will be expected to set up experiments, take data, analyse the data within the context of the physical phenomena that are being studied, maintain a laboratory log-book, and report on their findings in clearly written laboratory reports.