# PHY102 Electricity and Waves (8)

This calculus-based subject gives students a thorough grounding in the fundamentals of static and dynamic electricity, electromagnetism, wave motion and geometric and physical optics.

## Availability

* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Online *
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: PHY102. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

## Subject Information

HD/FL

One session

##### School

School of Biomedical Sciences

## Learning Outcomes

##### Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
• have a basic understanding of the manner in which charged bodies behave in an electric field;
• understand the nature of the direct electric current and how it is affected by various circuit components;
• understand the concept of capacitance and the manner in which it is utilised for the storage of energy;
• understand the physical phenomena of wave motion;
• understand the concepts of geometrical optics and apply them to simple optical instruments;
• be able to conduct experiments which demonstrate some of the concepts developed during the study;
• be able to present experimental results in an acceptable manner, indicating the likely sources and magnitudes of any errors involved.

## Syllabus

##### This subject will cover the following topics:
• Charge, Coulombs law, lines of force, electric field, E, flux, Gauss law, electric potential;
Potential energy;
• Capacitors and capacitance, energy storage in electric field, parallel plate capacitor, dielectrics;
• Electromotive force, resistance, resistivity, Ohms law, multiloop circuits, Kirchoffs laws, RC circuits;
• Magnetic force on electric current, torque on current loop, Hall effect, Amperes laws, lines of magnetic field B, long solenoid, Biot-Savart law;
• Faradays law of Induction, Lenzs law;
• Mechanical waves, sound waves, wave equation, energy transmission, Doppler effect, resonance;
• Huygens principle, laws of reflection and refraction, total internal reflection, spherical mirrors, thin lenses, simple optical instruments;
• Polarising sheets, polarising by reflection, polarisation by scattering double refraction, Law of Malus;
• Youngs experiment, phase change on reflection, Michelson interferometer, interference in thin films, single and double slit
• Fraunhofer diffraction, diffraction grating, crystal diffraction.

## Residential School

This subject contains a 4 day Compulsory Residential School.