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Mission

The Department of physics is committed to offering high quality programmes and strives to produce scholars in the field of science and technology. It seeks to contribute to the advancement of multidisciplinary research that will enhance the development of the region and the nation at large and to provide an environment where quality teaching and research in physics can flourish. It endeavors to pursue and create opportunities to render service to the university and the surrounding commmunities.

Qualification awarded in the Department:

  • B.Sc.(Physics & Mathematics)
  • B.Sc.(Physics & Chemistry)
  • B.Sc.(Physics & Applied Physics)
  • B.Sc.(Hons)(Physics)
  • M.Sc.(Physics)
  • Ph.D.(Physics

The following modules are offered in the Department of Physics:

Undergraduate Modules
PHY 0541 Mechanics and Heat
PHY 0526 Introduction to Physics for Health Science
PHY 0642 Optics and Electricity
PHY 1521 Mechanics
PHY 1522 Waves and Optics
PHY 1525 Mechanics, PMR and Thermal Physics
PHY 1623 Properties of Matter and Thermal Physics
PHY 1624 Electricity and Magnetism
PHY 1625 Optics, electricity and modern Physics
PHY1626 Physics for Health Sciences
PHY 2521 Classical Mechanics
PHY 2523 Waves and Optics
PHY 2623 Electrodynamics
PHY 2625 Relativity and Quantum Physics
PHY 3521 Atomic and Nuclear Physics
PHY 3522 Solid State Physics
PHY 3625 Electronics
PHY 3623 Thermal and Statistical Physics
PHY 3624 Quantum Mechanics
PHY 3526 Energy Physics
PHY 3627 Research Project
PHY 3625 Electronics

Higher Degrees (Honours, Masters and Doctoral)

Honours Programme Modules

Prerequisite

An average of 60% in Physics third year modules or its equivalent gained elsewhere with sufficient mathematics background. In marginal cases, additional selection criteria will be used to admit a student into honours programme.

Duration

The Honours programme extends over a period of one year of full-time study or a period of two years of part-time study. The Department offers honours programme in solar energy and in theoretical physics. In order to qualify for the degree a student must pass at least eight modules. The core modules and optional modules offered in an academic year vary depending on the staffing situation in the department. The students are advised to consult the head of the department about the modules offered for different specialization.

Honours Programme Modules
PHY 5521 Classical Mechanics (core)
Prerequisite As per the admission requirement of the school
PHY 5522 Quantum Mechanics I (core)
Prerequisite As per the admission requirement of the school
PHY 5523 Solid State Physics I (core)
Prerequisite As per the admission requirement of the school
PHY 5524 Electrodynamics (core)
Prerequisite As per the admission requirement of the school
PHY 5621 Mathematical Methods of Physics
Prerequisite As per the admission requirement of the school
PHY 5622 Quantum Mechanics II
Prerequisite As per the admission requirement of the school
PHY 5623 Solid State Physics II
Prerequisite As per the admission requirement of the school
PHY 5624 Statistical Mechanics (core)
Prerequisite As per the admission requirement of the school
PHY 5625 Project (core)
Prerequisite As per the admission requirement of the school
PHY 5626 Nuclear and Particle Physics
Prerequisite As per the admission requirement of the school
PHY 5627 Solar energy
Prerequisite As per the admission requirement of the school
PHY 5628 Atmospheric Physics
Prerequisite As per the admission requirement of the school
PHY 5629 Analog and Digital Electronics
Prerequisite As per the admission requirement of the school
PHY 5630 Laboratory Physics
Prerequisite As per the admission requirement of the school

Masters Programme
PHY 6000 Research Project
Prerequisite Satisfactory completion of B.Sc. (Hons) in Physics or any other equivalent qualification

Doctorate Programme
PHY 7000 Research Project
Prerequisite Satisfactory completion of M.Sc. in Physics or any other equivalent qualification

The following is a list of publications and research done by staff members of the Department of Physics:

Dr. Sankaran

  • Force field study of some polyatomic molecules using the method of characteristic set of valence co-ordinates. International Journal of Biochemiephysics, 2, 148, (1993).

  • Normal co-ordinate analysis of XY 3 ZUVW type molecule through Green's function procedure.
    Anales de Quimica, 90, 312, (1994).

  • Green's function analysis of the vibrations of dibromogermane. Bulletin des Societies Chimiques, Belges., 103, 143, (1994).

  • Normal co-ordinate analysis of phosphine through Green's function procedure.International Journal of Biochemiephysics, 3, 64, (1994).

  • Quantum physics made simple. Announcer, AAPT(USA), 25, 53, (1995).

  • Molecular constants of thioketene through Green's function analysis. Acta Ciencia Indica, 21, 23, (1995).

  • Force field study of XYZ type free radicals containing hydrogen atom using the method of characteristic set of valence co-ordinates. Application to HCO, HNO and HOO. A project report submitted to the Research and Publication Committee, University of Venda, (1998).

  • Out-of-plane vibrations of Bromine isocyanide and its isotopic species. Acta Ciencia Indica, Vol.25, No.4, 131, (1998).

  • Molecular force field study of some XY 2 Z type molecules: Application to formadehyde.
    A project report submitted to the Research and Publication Committee, University of Venda, (1999).

  • Normal co-ordinate analysis of fluoroform, chloroform and bromoform through Green's function technique. International Journal of Biochemiephysics, Vol 8&9, No.1&2, 61 (1999).

  • Evaluation of the Force field of silyl chloride through Green's function analysis. Acta Ciencia Indica, Vol. 26, 83, (2000).

  • Electron diffraction data as a tool for the force field study – Application to thallous fluoride. A project report submitted to the Research and Publication Committee, University of Venda, (2000).

  • Molecular force field of trichlorosilane. Acta Ciencia Indica, Vol. 27C, 101, (2001).

  • Experiments with small solar panels for introductory physics laboratories. Presented at the AAPT annual conference a Rochester, New York. (2001).

  • Green's function analysis of the vibrations of hypocholorus acid. Acta Ciencia Indica, Vol. 27P, 101, (2001).

  • Laboratory experiments with solar energy devices. Announcer, AAPT(USA), 32, 95, (2002).

  • Renewable energy. A chapter in the book on “Green Chemistry in Africa” published by IUPAC & ANCA, ISBN: 8888214070, Pages 121 – 136, (2002).

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Dr. Matamba

  • Diquark-Quark Model. Proceedings of the South African Institute of Physics, July 1993.

  • Photo-excitation of the nucleon and the delta. Symposium on Effective Interactions in Quantal Systems, Unisa, December 1994.

  • Photoexcitation of the baryon. Proceedings of the South African Institute of Physics conference, July 1995.

  • Importance of mixed Symmetry State in the Photoexcitation of the three Quark System. Proceedings of the South African Institute of Physics conference, July 1996.

  • Non-relativistic diquark-quark model for the baryon spectrum. SA Journal of Science, Vol 93, 1997.

  • Photoexcitation of the nucleon in the constituent quark model. Nuovo Cimento, Italy, Vol 111A, N.1, 1998.

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Mr. Kirui

  • EPR of negative divacancy in irradiated type-I diamonds, Diamond and Related Materials, 8, 1569 (1999).

  • EPR data on the self-interstitial complex O 3 in diamond. Phys. Rev. B , 62(10), 6587 (2000).

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Mr. Musthena

  • Epitaxially stabilised NiSi produced by multiple laser pulses. Honours Project report, UCT, 2001. Mr. Maluta

  • Computational of material modelling for sulphite structure with special attention to chalcoperite(copper ion sulphide) structure. Honours Project report, UNIN, 2001.

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The following is a list of staff members in the Departmen of Physics:

Designation Name Contact Details
HOD Dr. J. K.Kirui
Tel: +27 15 962 8522
Email: kirui@univen.ac.za
Prof. V. Sankaran
Tel: +27 15 962 8369
Email: vaith@univen.ac.za
Dr. D. Tinarwo
Tel: +27 15 962 8162
Email: david.tinarwo@univen.ac.za
Mr. L. Jhamba
Tel: +27 15 962 8445
Email: Lordwell.Jhamba@univen.ac.za
Mr. F Nemangwele
Tel: +27 15 962 8276
Email: Nemangwele@univen.ac.za
Mrs TS Mulaudzi
Tel: +27 15 962 8722
Email: sophie.mulaudzi@univen.ac.za
Mr. E. P. Maluta
Tel: +27 15 962 8162
Email: maluta@univen.ac.za
Mr. V. M. Nekhubvi
Tel: +27 15 962 8846
Email: Vhutshilo.Nekhubvi@univen.ac.za