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Area/Catalogue
PHYS 2003

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Course Level
Undergraduate

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Offered Externally
No

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Course ID
012632

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Unit Value
4.5

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University-wide elective course
Yes

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Timetable/s

This class has not been
timetabled for year 2020.

Course owner

Course owner
School of Engineering

Course aim

To extend the students knowledge and understanding of some of the laws, principles, theories and systems of physics, chemistry and biology in materials science, and to develop an appreciation of how these laws, principles and theories operate in experimental and applied science.

Course content

Computational Science: Computational investigations of physical systems using a variety of numerical techniques. Topics covered include; chaos, thermodynamics, data analysis and presentation, Fourier analysis, partial differential equations, interpolation and approximation, numerical integration, signal processing, statistics, monte-carlo methods, introduction to image processing, convolutions, simulations.

Measurement and Instrument Control: programming in LabView or Basic for instrument control, passive electronics, signal conditioning, transducers and their application to measurement of physical systems, microprocessor basics, protocols, introduction to control theory, commercial control systems.

Practical Component: The practical component emphasises the computational modelling of the physical systems covered in the lecture modules and the analysis of the measured data. Topics covered include basic electronics, transducers, control systems and LabView based project to control an instrument or make a series of measurements on a physical system.

Textbook(s)

Harrison, P 2001, Computational Methods in Physics, Chemistry & Biology, Wiley

Prerequisite(s)

Completion of first year calculus-based physics and mathematics courses of a Bachelor of Science or Engineering degree.

Corequisite(s)

Nil

Teaching method

Component Duration
INTERNAL, MAWSON LAKES
Lecture 1 hour x 13 weeks
Workshop 2 hours x 13 weeks
Practical 2 hours x 10 weeks

Note: These components may or may not be scheduled in every study period. Please refer to the timetable for further details.


Assessment

Task Length Weighting Duration
INTERNAL, MAWSON LAKES
Computational Workshop Exercises 2500 words 40% N/A
Practical - Mini project reports and presentation to their peers. (in-class assessment) 1700 word maximum 40% N/A
Quiz 300 words 20% N/A

Fees

EFTSL*: 0.125
Commonwealth Supported program (Band 2)
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