School: Science

This unit information may be updated and amended immediately prior to semester. To ensure you have the correct outline, please check it again at the beginning of semester.

  • Unit Title

    Waves and Electricity
  • Unit Code

    SCP1112
  • Year

    2017
  • Enrolment Period

    1
  • Version

    2
  • Credit Points

    15
  • Full Year Unit

    N
  • Mode of Delivery

    On Campus
  • Unit Co-ordinator

    A/Prof Steven HINCKLEY

Description

This unit develops a broad understanding of electric and magnetic phenomena. Coulombs Law, electric fields, Gauss's law, electric potential and capacitance are covered in the electrostatics section. The magnetism and electromagnetism section explores sources of magnetic fields, Ampere's Law and Faraday's Law. This leads to Maxwell's equations as a complete description of electromagnetic phenomena. Electric circuits involving resistors, capacitors and inductors are also studied.

Prerequisite Rule

((Students must pass 1 units from SCP1132, SCP1134 OR Scaled Score in PHY3A/3B > 49.99 OR Scaled Score in PHY3 > 49.99) AND (Students must pass 1 units from MAT1108, MAT1137 OR Scaled Score in MAT3A/3B > 49.99))

Equivalent Rule

Unit was previously coded QST0020, SCP1121

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Apply process and problem solving skills in dealing with conceptual and experimental situations.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in handling a range of physics equipment used to make measurements of electric and magnetic phenomena.
  3. Describe, explain and apply concepts, theories and principles relating to electricity, magnetism and electric circuits.

Unit Content

  1. ELECTROSTATICS: Electric charge, conductors and insulators, Coulombs Law, electric fields, point charges and charge distributions, motion of charges. Electric flux, Gauss' Law, charged insulators, conductors in electrostatic equilibrium. Work done by charges in electric fields, conservative forces, potential energy, electric potential, potential difference. Capacitance, capacitors in series and parallel, energy stored in capacitors, dielectrics
  2. ELECTRIC CIRCUITS EMF: voltage, current and current density, resistance and resistivity, Ohm's Law, Ohmic and non-Ohmic conductors, resistors in series and parallel, power, multiloop circuits, Kirchoff's Rules, measuring voltage, current and resistance. Transient phenomena of capacitors and inductors, RC, RL, LC and RLC circuits, AC circuits.
  3. MAGNETISM AND ELECTROMAGNETISM: Magnetic fields and forces, motion of charges and current elements, Hall effect, Biot-Savart Law, Ampere's Law, magnetic flux, Gauss' Law in magnetism, displacement current, magnetism in matter. Faraday's Law of induction, Lenz's Law, generators and transformers, mutual and self inductance, Maxwell's equations, electromagnetic waves.

Teaching and Learning Processes

Lectures, seminars, tutorials, and laboratory experiments.

Assessment

GS1 GRADING SCHEMA 1 Used for standard coursework units

Students please note: The marks and grades received by students on assessments may be subject to further moderation. All marks and grades are to be considered provisional until endorsed by the relevant Board of Examiners.

Due to the professional competency skill development associated with this Unit, student attendance/participation within listed in-class activities and/or online activities including discussion boards is compulsory. Students failing to meet participation standards as outlined in the unit plan may be awarded an I Grade (Fail - incomplete). Students who are unable to meet this requirement for medical or other reasons must seek the approval of the unit coordinator.

ON CAMPUS
TypeDescriptionValue
Assignment ^Theory based problem sets30%
Laboratory Work ^Laboratory performance *30%
ExaminationFinal examination.40%

^ Mandatory to Pass
* Assessment item identified for English language proficiency


Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005)

For the purposes of considering a request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), inherent requirements for this subject are articulated in the Unit Description, Learning Outcomes and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the support for students with disabilities or medical conditions can be found at the Student Equity, Diversity and Disability Service website.

Academic Misconduct

Edith Cowan University has firm rules governing academic misconduct and there are substantial penalties that can be applied to students who are found in breach of these rules. Academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • plagiarism;
  • unauthorised collaboration;
  • cheating in examinations;
  • theft of other students’ work;

Additionally, any material submitted for assessment purposes must be work that has not been submitted previously, by any person, for any other unit at ECU or elsewhere.

The ECU rules and policies governing all academic activities, including misconduct, can be accessed through the ECU website.

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School: Science

This unit information may be updated and amended immediately prior to semester. To ensure you have the correct outline, please check it again at the beginning of semester.

  • Unit Title

    Waves and Electricity
  • Unit Code

    SCP1112
  • Year

    2017
  • Enrolment Period

    2
  • Version

    2
  • Credit Points

    15
  • Full Year Unit

    N
  • Mode of Delivery

    On Campus
  • Unit Co-ordinator

    A/Prof Steven HINCKLEY

Description

This unit develops a broad understanding of electric and magnetic phenomena. Coulombs Law, electric fields, Gauss's law, electric potential and capacitance are covered in the electrostatics section. The magnetism and electromagnetism section explores sources of magnetic fields, Ampere's Law and Faraday's Law. This leads to Maxwell's equations as a complete description of electromagnetic phenomena. Electric circuits involving resistors, capacitors and inductors are also studied.

Prerequisite Rule

((Students must pass 1 units from SCP1132, SCP1134 OR Scaled Score in PHY3A/3B > 49.99 OR Scaled Score in PHY3 > 49.99) AND (Students must pass 1 units from MAT1108, MAT1137 OR Scaled Score in MAT3A/3B > 49.99))

Equivalent Rule

Unit was previously coded QST0020, SCP1121

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Apply process and problem solving skills in dealing with conceptual and experimental situations.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in handling a range of physics equipment used to make measurements of electric and magnetic phenomena.
  3. Describe, explain and apply concepts, theories and principles relating to electricity, magnetism and electric circuits.

Unit Content

  1. ELECTROSTATICS: Electric charge, conductors and insulators, Coulombs Law, electric fields, point charges and charge distributions, motion of charges. Electric flux, Gauss' Law, charged insulators, conductors in electrostatic equilibrium. Work done by charges in electric fields, conservative forces, potential energy, electric potential, potential difference. Capacitance, capacitors in series and parallel, energy stored in capacitors, dielectrics
  2. ELECTRIC CIRCUITS EMF: voltage, current and current density, resistance and resistivity, Ohm's Law, Ohmic and non-Ohmic conductors, resistors in series and parallel, power, multiloop circuits, Kirchoff's Rules, measuring voltage, current and resistance. Transient phenomena of capacitors and inductors, RC, RL, LC and RLC circuits, AC circuits.
  3. MAGNETISM AND ELECTROMAGNETISM: Magnetic fields and forces, motion of charges and current elements, Hall effect, Biot-Savart Law, Ampere's Law, magnetic flux, Gauss' Law in magnetism, displacement current, magnetism in matter. Faraday's Law of induction, Lenz's Law, generators and transformers, mutual and self inductance, Maxwell's equations, electromagnetic waves.

Teaching and Learning Processes

Lectures, seminars, tutorials, and laboratory experiments.

Assessment

GS1 GRADING SCHEMA 1 Used for standard coursework units

Students please note: The marks and grades received by students on assessments may be subject to further moderation. All marks and grades are to be considered provisional until endorsed by the relevant Board of Examiners.

Due to the professional competency skill development associated with this Unit, student attendance/participation within listed in-class activities and/or online activities including discussion boards is compulsory. Students failing to meet participation standards as outlined in the unit plan may be awarded an I Grade (Fail - incomplete). Students who are unable to meet this requirement for medical or other reasons must seek the approval of the unit coordinator.

ON CAMPUS
TypeDescriptionValue
Assignment ^Theory based problem sets30%
Laboratory Work ^Laboratory performance *30%
ExaminationFinal examination.40%

^ Mandatory to Pass
* Assessment item identified for English language proficiency

Core Reading(s)

  • Serway, R. A., Jewett, J. W., & Peroomian, V. (2014). Physics for scientists and engineers with modern physics. (9th ed.). Boston, MA: Brooks/Cole, Cengage Learning.

Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005)

For the purposes of considering a request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), inherent requirements for this subject are articulated in the Unit Description, Learning Outcomes and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the support for students with disabilities or medical conditions can be found at the Student Equity, Diversity and Disability Service website.

Academic Misconduct

Edith Cowan University has firm rules governing academic misconduct and there are substantial penalties that can be applied to students who are found in breach of these rules. Academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • plagiarism;
  • unauthorised collaboration;
  • cheating in examinations;
  • theft of other students’ work;

Additionally, any material submitted for assessment purposes must be work that has not been submitted previously, by any person, for any other unit at ECU or elsewhere.

The ECU rules and policies governing all academic activities, including misconduct, can be accessed through the ECU website.

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