is the study of the laws of nature that govern the behaviour
of the universe, from the very smallest scales of sub-atomic
particles to the very largest in cosmology. It applies these
laws to the solution of practical problems and to the development
of new technologies. Physicists engage a broad range of skills
to undertake this work. A physicist might be a theorist puzzling
over fundamental laws, a numerical modeller developing sophisticated
computer algorithms to calculate how systems behave, an experimentalist
developing new techniques to measure properties of nature or
an engineer combining those theories and techniques into new
technologies. Physics is becoming increasingly interdisciplinary,
as physicists work with mathematicians, engineers, chemists
and biologists in order to understand and solve a wide range
of problems confronting society.
is a challenging and rewarding subject. Its study instructs a
person in the art of critical thinking, how to pose questions
and how to solve problems. Physics is at the heart of almost every
facet of modern life.
with a physics degree go into a wide range of careers including
scientific research, education, and the computing and financial
sectors. A knowledge of physics, and the scientific methods learnt
while studying a physics degree will prove valuable in any future
physics at UNSW is an opportunity to study with world-class researchers,
many of whom have also won awards for their innovative teaching.
Undergraduate students can take advantage of the flexibility of
the science degrees to combine studying physics with other science
courses, or even courses from other faculties.