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PHY2004W: Intermediate Physics

PHY2004W: Intermediate Physics

PHY2004W is a second-year course, aimed primarily at students who are majoring in physics.


Dr. Sahal Yacoob - Room 5.05, RW James Building

Entrance requirements

PHY1004W, a full first-year course in Mathematics, and MAM2000W or (MAM2004H and MAM2046W) as corequisite.

Course outline

MECHANICS: Review of Newton's Laws; inertial and non-inertial frames; transformations; equations of motion for 1D systems; oscillations; resonance; non-linear systems; Euler's equation; Lagrange's equation; generalized coordinates and constrained systems, Hamiltonian formalism, phase space and Liouville's theorem; eective potentials; planetary motion; systems of particles; angular momentum; collisions; rigid bodies; coupled oscillators; wave equation; special relativity, relativistic mechanics.

ELECTROMAGNETISM: Vector calculus (div, grad, curl), electrostatics, special techniques for potentials, electric fields in matter, magnetostatics, magnetic fields in matter, current, Ohm's law, circuits, electromagnetic induction, electrodynamics, Maxwell's equations.

QUANTUM MECHANICS: The basic assumptions of quantum mechanics, solutions of Schrdinger's equation, properties of wave functions and operators, one-dimensional applications, angular momentum in quantum mechanics, three-dimensional applications, the hydrogen atom, approximate methods.

LABORATORY: Practical work in PHYLAB2.


Course tutor

  • Charlotte Hillebrand-Viljoen, Room 3.27, RW James Building
  • Isobel Kolbe (Mec)
  • Sal Ahmad (Mec)
  • TBA (EM)
  • TBA (QM)

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