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PH2019 - Introduction to Electromagnetism Optics and Thermodynamics

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: School of Engineering

The fundamental principles of Electromagnetism, Optics and Thermodynamics are taught to give student the basic skills required for more advanced studies in Engineering and Physics. Electromagnetism is one of the fundamental areas of Physics that has applications in wide variety of applications. The work covered is a precursor to applications to subjects such as Antenna design, EM shielding, propagation, electro-machinery, fibre-optic communications, mobile phone technology and computer technology to mention just a few. Topics include Gauss's Law, Biot Savart law, Ampere's law, plane waves, geometric optics, diffraction, interference, and the laws of thermodynamics.

Learning Outcomes

  • ability to apply knowledge to problem solving at an appropriate level;
  • laboratory and practical problem solving skills;
  • understanding of the content material.
Prerequisites: EG1012 or PH1005


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
Coord/Lect: <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 39 hours lectures
  • 13 hours tutorials
  • 18 hours practicals
Assessment: end of semester exam (65%); assignments and laboratory (35%).

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