Lectures will commence in the first week of semester
Tutorials will commence in the first week of semester
Laboratories will commence in the second week of semester
Required and Recommended Texts and/or Materials
Stephen Blundell and Katherine Blundell, Concepts in Thermal Physics, (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2006)
David J Griffiths, Introduction to Electrodynamics, 3rd or 4th edition (Prentice Hall, Englewood Cliffs, N J).
The first part of PHYS202 concerns Thermodynamics. Carefully defining temperature, heat, energy, and entropy, we will explore the implications of the first and second laws of thermodynamics. In particular, we will apply thermodynamic concepts to the processes in heat engines and to the modeling of internal energy, enthalpy, the Helmholtz function and the Gibbs function.
In the text by Blundell and Blundell, we will concentrate on chapters 1 and 2, chapter 4, chapters 11, 12, 13, 14, and chapter 16.
The second part of PHYS202 concerns Electromagnetism. Although we will be following the text by Griffiths, this material is fairly standard and many texts cover it. The actual physics will not be new to you; it has been covered in previous physics units. What will be new are the mathematical methods used to describe it - in particular vector calculus.
In the text by Griffiths, chapter 1 gives an outline of vector calculus. This unit will cover a large part of the material in chapters 2, 5, and 7 and selected topics from chapters 4, 6 and 9 of the text.
- John R Reitz, Frederick J Milford and Robert W Christy, Foundations of Electromagnetic Field Theory, 4th ed (Addison‑Wesley, Reading, MA, 1993)
- Paul Lorrain, Dale R Corson, and Francois Lorrain, Electromagnetic Fields and Waves, 3rd ed (W H Freeman, New York, 1988)
- David K Cheng, Field and Wave Electromagnetics, 2nd Ed (Addison Wesley, New York, 1989)
- John D Kraus, Electromagnetics 4th Ed (McGraw-Hill, New York, 1991)
- Les Kirkup, Experimental Methods (Wiley, Brisbane, 1994), chapter 7; QC371557
- Pamela Peters, Strategies for Student Writers: a Guide to Writing (Wiley, Milton, Queensland, 1985); PE1471P42
NOTE: To succeed in this course you will need to do many practice exercises from the textbooks and the tutorial questions. You are encouraged to work on the tutorial questions in advance of the tutorials to make the best use of the tutorial time for feedback. This will help build intuition for the physical concepts and skill in the mathematics involved. If you are comfortable with solving the tutorial and end-of-chapter textbook problems independently then you should perform well in the quizzes and the final exam.