PHYS102-20SU2 (C) Summer Nov 2020 start

Engineering Physics B: Modern Physics and Electromagnetism (2)

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 9 November 2020
End Date: Sunday, 14 February 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 20 November 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 15 January 2021


An essential course for students advancing in physical sciences and engineering who need a good understanding of electromagnetism and concepts of modern physics. The first section introduces aspects of modern physics such as quantum effects in atoms and materials, radioactivity and nuclear processes. The second section covers the E&M necessary to understand basic circuit theory, magnetic field concepts and finally applications such as power technology and electronics.

The course will be offered as an online course with attendance only required during two weeks of January (the weeks starting 18 and 25 January) and at the three-hour exam (date to be confirmed). Online resources will be provided which will allow the course to be taken remotely with an online connection help session available for assistance. Weekly drop-in help sessions will also be available for those students in Christchurch.

Four compulsory laboratory experiments will be held during the compulsory attendance weeks in late January, as well as a research placement session in one of our leading research groups with possible topics in astronomy, atmospheric physics, cosmology, particle physics, nanotechnology, medical physics and advanced material development. During these weeks, there will also be revision lecture sessions and extra help sessions.

The formal report will be on your research project and will be due in on Wednesday 10th of February.

There is no test for the course. Assessment will be based on self-paced online assignments, laboratory work and the three-hour exam.


PHYS101. These prerequisites may be replaced by other background as approved by Head of Department


PHYS114, PHYS115

Equivalent Courses



Roger Reeves

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Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $900.00

International fee $4,250.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Physical & Chemical Sciences .

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