Welcome the the UNSW Physics Student Society

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PHYSOC is the Physics Student Society at the University of New South Wales.

2016 Semester 2 Executives:

PHYSOC's Constitution

PHYSOC suggestions and comments form



Join the PHYSOC Facebook group!


Follow PHYSOC on Instagram!


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Upcoming Events


Resources for Physics Students

UNSW Physics

UNSW Physics home page

Physics Friend

Students wanting to discuss their choice of courses, progression, who are having difficulties or need to request special consideration should contact the Physics Friend Sue Hagon.

First Years

UNSW Physics first year page

UNSW Physclips

UNSW Physclips is a multimedia introduction to areas of physics.

Physics Course Webpages

Some physics courses do not use services such as Blackboard and Moodle.

Courses by Fred Green

PHYS2160 Astronomy by Chris Tinney

PHYS3610 Computational Physics

PHYS3710 Cosmology and the Interstellar Medium

PHYS3550 General Relativity

UNSW physics courses webpage

Lab Resources

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The PHYSOC room holds a collection of physics and maths books, including past exams.

Physics Servers

Students have access to physics servers with SSH or NX. The addresses of the servers are:



If you're on Windows, you can use the SSH client PuTTY. Linux users should have the OpenSSH client installed by default.



Sage is a free open source alternative to Magma, Maple, Mathematica, and Matlab.



Maxima is a free open source alternative to Maple and Mathematica.




You'll need to enter your student ID and UniPass to get through. You can download the software for your OS and activate it by using the network licence (licence server: wolfram.lic.unsw.edu.au); but you must be on UNSW's network for it to activate. You can also use UNSW's VPN (vpn.unsw.edu.au) if you're at home. Alternatively, you can request a home use license for 12 months (using your unsw email address, via link above), but that might take a bit of time for the request to be approved.



You'll need to enter your student ID and zPass to access the standalone activation.


The school of physics hosts a forum here for all physics students. Registration is required.


LaTeX is a markup language similar to html that is specifically designed for typesetting equations and page layouts for scientific essays. It also has the advantage of being completely free to download and use.


Windows:The easiest way to install is to download MiKTeX, an all inclusive package with an editor and LaTeX code compiler.

Linux: Most Linux distributions include LaTeX as part of their repositories, a simple search is usually able to find it. For example, Ubuntu's LaTeX package is called texlive. If you are using emacs, installing auctex adds LaTeX support.

Mac: Similarly to windows, a package called MacTeX is avaliable for download

Texmaker is another great universal LaTeX editor. It's (gratis and libre) free and cross-platform.

Kile is also an good integrated LaTeX environment for linux (KDE).

There are also free online LaTeX services, WriteLaTeX and ShareLaTeX.

For managing bibliographies (BibTeX) JabRef ought to be useful.

Resources for \(\LaTeX\)

The Not So Short Introduction to LaTeX (PDF) is an excellent guide, and probably the best place to start learning.

LaTeX Wikibook is an excellent reference for LaTeX commands

Ben Roberts has also written a quick beginners guide to LaTeX that is avaliable in the Docs section of the PHYSOC Facebook upage, or by clicking here.

Austin Kong has written some macros to make typing up some common maths and physics objects easier. Also includes a few handy equations as demos. Download here.

Past Exams

UNSW physics past exams database.


Societies and Groups Affiliated with \(\rho\hbar\gamma s \hat o c\)

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Historical Sites

Archived PHYSOC Webpages

Contact Us

Contact Us

Via Email:



PHYSOC suggestions and comments form.

Via Facebook:

All of the executives can be contacted through the PHYSOC Facebook group. If you're not already a member, click here.

In Person:

Alternately, if none of that works (or if you just prefer face-to-face interaction), come and find us in the PHYSOC room, located in Народная Республика физики (The People's Republic of Physics), formally known as the Dept. of Dense and Doesn't Matter Physics. Physics students from second year to postgrads will have swipe card access to the room, Monday-Friday 7am-7pm. See below for a map.

Amenities include:

room map