This unit continues with the concept of forces studied in Physics 1, beginning with a consolidation of the student's knowledge of the gravitational force and the idea of "action at a distance". These principles are then applied to electrostatic forces and the magnetic forces produced by moving charges as well as electromagnetic induction. The unit concludes with the topic of thermodynamics including temperature, thermal expansion, heat capacity, specific and latent heat, ideal gases, work and heat in the thermal process, first law of thermodynamics and an introduction to heat engines.

Unit details

Location:
Study level:
Undergraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
VEN1202

Prerequisites

VEN1102 - Engineering Physics 1

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Apply principles of electric and magnetic fields to engineering-related problems;  
  2. Calculate the forces acting on charged particles in electric and magnetic fields; and  
  3. Apply principles of heat and temperature to engineering-related problems.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Laboratory Work Laboratory experiments (5) 20%
Test Four in-semester tests 40%
Test Final Test 40%

Required reading

University Physics Volume 2 1st
OpenStax, 2016
OpenStax

Where to next?

As part of a course

This unit is studied as part of the following courses. Refer to the course page for information on how to apply for the course.

Study a single unit

This unit may be available as a single unit of study.

Find out more about how to apply for single units of study at VU.

VU takes care to ensure the accuracy of this unit information, but reserves the right to change or withdraw courses offered at any time. Please check that unit information is current with the Student Contact Centre.