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Physics

124.100 Introductory Physics15 credits
Philosophy of scientific measurement and method. Kinematics. Dynamics. Equilibrium. Vectors (momentum and force). Work and energy. Transmission of energy by wave motion. Light and sound. DC electric circuits.
124.102 Physics I(b)15 credits
Advanced Mechanics, Simple Harmonic Motion, Thermodynamics, Waves, Interference and Diffraction, Magnetic fields and electromagnetism, AC circuits. A laboratory course based on the above.
124.103 Biophysical Principles15 credits
Students will develop understanding of biophysical principles including the description of motion, forces, equilibrium, fluids and flow, heat as energy, heat transfer, waves and sound, and the use of spreadsheets. Application of foundational knowledge of mathematical principles to biophysical systems, including the rules of arithmetic, fractions, simple algebra, trigonometry, transcendental functions, SI units and unit conversions, and creating and interpreting graphs. A practical course.
124.104 Physics 1A: Mechanics and Thermodynamics15 credits
This physics course provides foundational knowledge for study in engineering, food technology, and physical sciences. The emphasis is on applying physical principles to problem solving in mechanics, fluid mechanics, and thermodynamics. A practical course.
124.105 Physics 1B: Electricity, Waves and Modern Physics15 credits
This physics course provides foundational knowledge for study in engineering, food technology and physical sciences. The emphasis is on applying physical principles to problems involving electricity, waves (including classical waves and electromagnetic waves), optics, quantum physics, and the application of modern technologies such as lasers, mass spectrometers, and nuclear magnetic resonance. A practical course.
124.111 Physics for Life Sciences15 credits
Describing motion. Forces and torques, work and energy in biological and non-biological system. Heat energy - its production and transfer in animals. Stress, strain and the strength of biological material. Ideal Gas Law. Flow of fluids in tube. Light, sound and their biological detection. DC and AC electric circuits. Acoustics and ultrasound. Ionising radiation. Biomedical instruments. A laboratory course based on the above which includes the use of basic statistics in the interpretation of data and illustration of the scientific method.
124.129 Astronomy15 credits
Astronomy is an ancient yet still vibrant field of study. This course introduces students to the basic heavenly bodies: planets, stars and galaxies and more exotic objects such as quasars and black-holes. Modern topics such as dark matter and extra-solar planets are included. Observational exercises including telescopes form part of the assessment

Engineering

124.171 Physical Principles for Engineering & Technology 115 credits
Engineering and technology solutions are designed by applying underlying physical principles. This course extends NCEA Level 3 physics to facilitate this, with a particular focus on linear mechanics, thermophysics and electric circuits. This is a required course for all Engineering and Food Technology students, who will, through tailored tutorial problems and extension activities study physical problems in a suitable context.
124.172 Physical Principles for Engineering & Technology 215 credits
Engineering and technology solutions are designed by applying underlying physical principles. This course extends NCEA Level 3 and 124.171 physics to facilitate this, with a particular focus on advanced mechanics, thermodynamics, simple harmonic motion, magnetic fields and electromagnetism, AC circuits. This is a required course for all Engineering and Food Technology students, who will, through tailored tutorial problems and practical laboratory sessions study physical problems in a suitable context.

Physics

124.204 Classical Physics15 credits
Classical & Lagrangian mechanics. Physics of mechanical waves and electromagnetic waves. A course of laboratory work related to the above.
124.205 Modern Physics15 credits
Special relativity, introductory statistical mechanics, introductory quantum physics. A course of laboratory work related to the above.
124.226 Quantum and Statistical Physics15 credits
Kinetic theory and introductory statistical mechanics, introductory quantum physics. A course of laboratory work related to the above.
124.229 Special Relativity and Cosmology15 credits
The empirical basis for special relativity, the Lorentz transformation, the paradoxes, Hubble's law, the cosmological principle, the empirical basis for cosmological theories, the Big Bang Theory, the Steady State Theory. A course of laboratory work related to the above.
124.230 Biophysics15 credits
The physics of biological systems. Modern physical techniques applied to biological systems. A course of related laboratory/literature work.
124.233 Classical Mechanics and Waves15 credits
Classical and Lagrangian mechanics, Physics of waves and vibrations. A course of laboratory work related to the above
124.261 Nonlinear Physics and Chaos15 credits
Nonlinear processes in mechanics, fluid dynamics, population and reaction dynamics, analytical mechanics, iterated maps, fractals, differential equations, phase space, bifurcation, strange attractors and numerical methods appropriate to the above topics.
124.304 Statistical Physics and its Applications15 credits
Building concepts of statistical physics from key principles of quantum mechanics, application of those ideas to simple systems such as gases and model situations. Further applications to many real world situations such as thermal radiation, phase transition, cryogenics and chemical reactions.
124.305 Quantum Mechanics and its Applications15 credits
Postulates of Quantum Mechanics, Hydrogen atom, Perturbation theory, Atomic structure, Bloch wavefunctions, Band structure of solids, Semi-conductors. A course of laboratory work related to the above.
124.316 Advanced Experimental Physics15 credits
A course in experimental physics comprising laboratory work.
124.325 Advanced Quantum Physics15 credits
Wave mechanics, atomic physics, solid state physics.
124.327 Modern Statistical Physics and Thermodynamics15 credits
Modern concepts and methods of statistical mechanics, their applications in physics and to interdisciplinary problems. Thermodynamics.
124.332 Classical Fields15 credits
A course in classical electromagnetism and the mathematics required for the development of the theory. Vector calculus and integral theorems. Maxwell's equations in integral and differential forms. Wave equations and solutions. Waveguides and antennas. Curvilinear co-ordinates. Tensors.
124.350 Computational Physics15 credits
A brief introduction to GNU/Linux. Popular techniques of computational physics including numerical integration, optimisation and Monte Carlo methods in the context of classic physical systems such as oscillators, spin models and the Schroedinger equation. The adaptation of these algorithms to parallel computers.
124.712 Condensed Matter Physics15 credits
Selected topics of solid-state physics: crystal lattices and band structure, thermodynamic and electronic properties of materials, elementary transport processes. Macroscopic Quantum Phenomena: superfluidity, superconductivity, magnetism.
124.721 Quantum Mechanics and Group Theory15 credits
Group representations, irreducible representation, group character, Wigner-Eckart theorem. Dirac formalism. Unitary displacement operators, SU(n) symmetries. Angular momentum matrices, rotations, generalised rotation operators. Spinor and vector particles. Angular correlations. Product representations. Clebsch-Gordon coefficients. Hadron symmetries. Quantum statistics: density operator and dynamical evolution.
124.722 Relativistic Quantum Mechanics and Field Theory15 credits
Lorentz covariance. Four-vectors, electromagnetic fields and Maxwell's equations in four-vector formalism. Klein-Gordon Equation, Dirac equation and Spinors. Feynman diagrams. Second quantisation, oscillators and canonical formulation. Scattering. Symmetries and the gauge principle.
124.761 Topics in Statistical Physics and Random Processes15 credits
Random data: mean square values, probability density functions, autocorrelation functions, power spectral density functions, levels crossing. Descriptions and applications. The Optical Field: intensity fluctuations. Coherence. Nonlinear dynamics and chaos. Phase transitions, critical phenomena, mean field theory.
124.762 Chemical Physics15 credits
Topics drawn from representative areas of Chemical Physics including: theoretical methods and algorithms; gas phase dynamics and structure; condensed phase dynamics, structure and thermodynamics; surfaces, interfaces and materials; polymers, biopolymers and complex systems.
124.798 Research Report30 credits
124.870 Research Report60 credits
124.871 Thesis 90 Credit Part 145 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.
124.872 Thesis 90 Credit Part 245 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.
124.875 Thesis90 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.
124.897 Thesis 120 Credit Part 160 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.
124.898 Thesis 120 Credit Part 260 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.
124.899 Thesis120 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.
124.900 PhD Physics120 credits

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