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PHYS3910 – Advanced Physics III

2021 – Full year 1, Weekday attendance, North Ryde

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Dominic Berry
Alexei Gilchrist
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
(PHYS188 or PHYS1910) and (PHYS201(D) or PHYS2010(D)) and (PHYS202(D) or PHYS2020(D))
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
This unit is co-badged with phys2910
Unit description Unit description
This unit offers extended insight into unifying core principles of physics. Alternate years will focus on two key concepts that permeate nearly all of physics - probability (even years) and symmetry (odd years). These two key concepts affect much of modern physics including quantum mechanics, astronomy and astrophysics, lasers and photonics, and biophysics. Students are expected to engage in a research-related activity and produce a report in scientific format on their findings.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: identify how symmetry/probability is used in many sub-areas of physics, in sometimes vastly different contexts.
  • ULO2: explain how symmetry/probability unifies many sub-areas of physics and provides a common structure.
  • ULO3: use symmetry/probability concepts to solve problems from particular sub-areas of physics.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
S1 assignments 15% No Regularly during S1
Problem-set creation 5% No Week 13 S1
Mid-unit exam 30% No S1 exam period
S2 Assignments 20% No Regularly during S2
Research project 30% No Week 13 S2

S1 assignments

Assessment Type 1: Problem set
Indicative Time on Task 2: 15 hours
Due: Regularly during S1
Weighting: 15%

A series of problem-solving assignments undertaken in session 1.


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • identify how symmetry/probability is used in many sub-areas of physics, in sometimes vastly different contexts.
  • explain how symmetry/probability unifies many sub-areas of physics and provides a common structure.
  • use symmetry/probability concepts to solve problems from particular sub-areas of physics.

Problem-set creation

Assessment Type 1: Problem set
Indicative Time on Task 2: 5 hours
Due: Week 13 S1
Weighting: 5%

Each student supplies five solved problems related to the material taught in session 1, suitable for use as a learning resource for the rest of the class.


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • identify how symmetry/probability is used in many sub-areas of physics, in sometimes vastly different contexts.
  • explain how symmetry/probability unifies many sub-areas of physics and provides a common structure.
  • use symmetry/probability concepts to solve problems from particular sub-areas of physics.

Mid-unit exam

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 20 hours
Due: S1 exam period
Weighting: 30%

An examination on the content from the first half of the unit (end of session 1).


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • identify how symmetry/probability is used in many sub-areas of physics, in sometimes vastly different contexts.
  • explain how symmetry/probability unifies many sub-areas of physics and provides a common structure.
  • use symmetry/probability concepts to solve problems from particular sub-areas of physics.

S2 Assignments

Assessment Type 1: Problem set
Indicative Time on Task 2: 15 hours
Due: Regularly during S2
Weighting: 20%

A series of problem-solving assignments undertaken in session 2.


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • identify how symmetry/probability is used in many sub-areas of physics, in sometimes vastly different contexts.
  • explain how symmetry/probability unifies many sub-areas of physics and provides a common structure.
  • use symmetry/probability concepts to solve problems from particular sub-areas of physics.

Research project

Assessment Type 1: Project
Indicative Time on Task 2: 30 hours
Due: Week 13 S2
Weighting: 30%

A research project on a topic agreed with the lecturer that fits the theme of the unit, completed in session 2.


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • identify how symmetry/probability is used in many sub-areas of physics, in sometimes vastly different contexts.
  • explain how symmetry/probability unifies many sub-areas of physics and provides a common structure.
  • use symmetry/probability concepts to solve problems from particular sub-areas of physics.

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Learning Skills Unit for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

Course notes will be available for download on ilearn. There is no textbook for this course though suggested readings will be given on ilearn.

Unit Schedule

This is a full-year 3 cpt unit, offering extended insight into unifying core principles of physics. Alternate years will focus on two key concepts that permeate nearly all of physics - probability (even years) and symmetry (odd years). These two key concepts affect much of modern physics including quantum mechanics, astronomy and astrophysics, lasers and photonics, and biophysics. Students are expected to engage in a research-related activity and produce a report in scientific format on their findings.

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Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policy-central). Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:

Students seeking more policy resources can visit the Student Policy Gateway (https://students.mq.edu.au/support/study/student-policy-gateway). It is your one-stop-shop for the key policies you need to know about throughout your undergraduate student journey.

If you would like to see all the policies relevant to Learning and Teaching visit Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policy-central).

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/admin/other-resources/student-conduct

Results

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If you apply for Disruption to Study for your final examination, you must make yourself available for the week of July 24 – 28, 2017. If you are not available at that time, there is no guarantee an additional examination time will be offered. Specific examination dates and times will be determined at a later date.

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