PHYS1231 - Higher Physics 1B

Last modified by Leon Luo on 2023/01/17 09:30


This is a calculus-based physics course that is the second of two introductory courses, with the previous being PHYS1131 - Higher Physics 1A (or at least an overall of 65+ for PHYS1121 - Physics A, the normal level). The content covered is the same as in Physics 1B, but Higher Physics 1B includes more advanced assessments and problem-solving workshops. For students studying electrical engineering and related streams are required to study Higher Physics 1B due to course progression set out by the university. The course provides an introduction to electromagnetism, optics, and modern physics, as well as techniques for analyzing and solving problems in the physical world. Taking this course together with its companion subject Physics 1A and its different variations, though students are highly recommended to study Higher Physics 1A to avoid any requisite issue to study Higher Physics 1B, provides a comprehensive introduction to physics and supports further study in physics and engineering. 


These concepts are studied through course content, mainly lecture notes and course recommended textbooks. Please note, unless referenced from another source, please assume the following information presented is interpreted, studied, and re-expressed from the course content. Furthermore, please refer to the course content directly, e.g. ask the lecturer or read the textbook, for the most relevant knowledge required for the course.

Electricity and Magnetism

Electric Charge

Coulomb's Law

Electric Fields

Gauss's Law

Electric Potential


Magnetic Fields

Current Induced Magnetic Fields

Induction and Inductance

Physical Optics

Electromagnetic Waves



Introductory Quantum Physics and Solid State Physics

Photons and Matter Waves

Conduction and Electricity in Solids

Recommended Resources

Course Prescribed


  • Halliday, D., Resnick, R., & Walker, J. (2018). Fundamentals of Physics, John Wiley & Sons. 11E ANZ edition


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