Classical physics and relativity

VCE Units 3 and 4 prerequisite study - Must have previously completed Units 3 and 4 Physics

This unit comprises four main topics, which provide the foundations of a large part of classical and modern physics.

  • Mechanics – covers Newton's laws, dynamics, energy, momentum and contemporary measurement theory (via laboratory experimentation).
  • Modern thermodynamics – an introduction. Covers an understanding of the concept of work, the laws of thermodynamics, and an introduction to entropy.
  • Waves – covers simple harmonic motion that builds up to diffraction, superposition, wave optics and ray optics.
  • Special relativity – an introduction.

Fields and Quantum Physics

VCE Units 3 and 4 prerequisite study - Must have previously completed Units 3 and 4 Physics

This unit comprises topics which provide the foundation of main-stream physics, including rotational dynamics, the gravitational field, electrostatics, magnetism and quantum physics.

These topics underpin interactions in our universe at sub-atomic to cosmic scales.

  • Electrostatics – covers the electric field, potential and energy for various situations, and the behaviour of capacitors and dielectrics.
  • Magnetism – covers the relation between currents, magnetic fields and induced emfs, inductance, LCR resonance, and introduces Maxwell's equations and electromagnetic waves.
  • Quantum physics – covers wave particle duality for matter and light, quantisation, wave-functions and probabilities, the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, hydrogen atom, 1D Schrödinger equation, and the particle-in-a-box model.

2019 Study location

Monash University, Clayton campus

2019 Class times

Please note that students undertaking Extension Studies need to have flexible extracurricular activities as there is no guarantee a uni class will have the same timetable for both semesters. (Eg Your class may run Tuesday afternoon in Semester 1 and Thursday afternoon in Semester 2.)

Students need to be able to fit their other commitments (such as part-time work and sport) around Extension Studies, making Extension a priority.

We will do our best to ensure classes run after school hours, but this may not always be possible. Students are advised of their timetable as soon as it is confirmed so they can organise their personal commitments around their Extension study.

Semester 1 Timetable*:

  • 1 x 2 hour COMPULSORY weekly workshop
    • Monday 3pm-5pm
  • 1 x 1 hour COMPULSORY weekly workshop
    • Wednesday 9am-10am OR 10am-11am OR 11am-12pm
  • 1 x 2 hour COMPULSORY weekly laboratory 
    • Thursday 3pm-5pm

Semester 2 Timetable*: Available in early June, 2019

(Please note the classes for Physics are generally during the school day. Students must attend on three days a week for: a 2 hour lab, 1 hour workshop and 2 hour workshop each week.)

* Please note timetable is subject to change

Recognition for prior learning

When you enrol in a Bachelor’s degree at Monash, your Extension units can be used for course credit if they are compatible with the degree in which you enrol.

Students who have successfully completed Physics Extension may be eligible to apply to have the credit points of one (6 points) or both (12 points) of their Extension units to count towards the course requirements for:

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Other double degrees with Science
  • As electives in a non-Science single degree
  • As electives in Bachelor of Science Advanced Global Challenges (Honours) or Bachelor of Science Advanced Research (Honours)

Any units credited will show on your academic transcript as either 6 or 12 points against the course code of the degree in which you are enrolled. Students can apply for credit once they have enrolled in their undergraduate degree.

Students may also be able to credit their Extension study towards Bachelor degrees at other tertiary institutions.