Quantum Physics/Comp. Physics & Lab (PHYS3039)

UNIT OF STUDY

The lectures on Quantum Physics build on Intermediate Quantum Physics to cover more advanced topics, including atomic theory and spectroscopy, quantisation of the hydrogen atom, angular momentum in quantum mechanics, and perturbation theory.

The module on Computational Physics uses a mixture of lectures and computational lab sessions to explore problem solving using computers. It covers numerical schemes for solving ordinary and partial differential equations, with emphasis on choosing the best method to suit the problem, and on understanding numerical accuracy and stability. All coding is done in MATLAB, and no programming experience is assumed beyond that covered in Intermediate Physics.

In the Laboratory Classes, students will choose from a range of experiments that aim to give them an appreciation of the analytical, technical and practical skills required to conduct modern experimental work.

Our courses that offer this unit of study

Further unit of study information

Classes

Twenty seven 1-hour lectures, eight 2-hour computer labs and six 4-hour experimental labs.

Assessment

One 2-hour exam, assignments and laboratory reports (100%).

Faculty/department permission required?

No

Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

(PHYS2011 or PHYS2911) and (PHYS2012 or PHYS2912)

Prohibitions

PHYS3960, PHYS3043, COSC3911, PHYS3060, PHYS3942, COSC3011, PHYS3042, PHYS3962, PHYS3961, PHYS3943, PHYS3939, PHYS3062, PHYS3044, PHYS3944

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.