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1272.0 - Australian Standard Classification of Education (ASCED), 2001  
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PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY is the study of the laws governing the structure of the universe and the forms of matter and energy.

The main purpose of this narrow field of education is to develop an understanding of the fundamental properties of the universe and the laws which govern its behaviour and to assess and validate physical phenomena.

Courses in Narrow Field 0103 Physics and Astronomy develop skills in:
. analysing and interpreting data resulting from experiments to test theories and hypotheses
. application of appropriate laboratory techniques and procedures to research
. application of knowledge of physical laws to practical problems

This narrow field comprises the following detailed fields:

010301  Physics
010303  Astronomy


Medical physics. This is included in Detailed Field 019901 Medical Science.

010301 Physics

Physics is the study of the laws governing states and properties of matter and energy.

Examples of subjects in this detailed field include:
. acoustics
. gravitation
. solid and liquid states
. geometric optics
. quantum mechanics
. thermodynamics

010303 Astronomy

Astronomy is the study of celestial bodies, their positions, motions, distances and physical conditions, and their origins and evolution.

Examples of subjects in this detailed field include:
. astrophysics
. celestial mechanics
. cosmology

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