PHY1004W - Matter & Interactions
36 credits at NQF level 5
At least 60% for NSC Physical Science. MAM1000W (or equivalent) must have been passed or be taken concurrently. Students registered for this course will be assessed in week 5; if it is judged that they are not coping with the level and pace of the course, and would benefit from an opportunity to strengthen foundational concepts and learn new material at a slower pace, they will be required to transfer to PHY1031F or PHY1023H from week 7.
PHY1004W is an advanced calculus-based introductory course for Science students intending to continue with second-year Physics. It features the modelling of physical systems from fundamental principles, and computational problem solving using VPython. The course includes the following topics: Modern mechanics: Conservation laws, the momentum principle, atomic nature of matter, conservation of energy, energy in macroscopic systems, energy quantization, multi-particle systems, exploring the nucleus, angular momentum, entropy. Electric and magnetic interactions: Electric fields, electric potential, magnetic fields, electric circuits, capacitance, resistance, magnetic force, Gauss' Law, Ampere's Law, Faraday's Law, induction, electromagnetic radiation, waves and particles.