Quantum Physics/Astrop/Comp. Physics (PHYS3043)


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 lectures on Astrophysics cover the structure and evolution of stars. We will describe the processes that take place as stars evolve, and the eventual fates of different types of stars. We will show that the presence of a binary companion can greatly alter the fate of a star, and show how accretion can liberate large amounts of energy.

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.

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Forty six 1-hour lectures and eight 2-hour computer labs.


One 3-hour exam and assignments (100%).


Quantum Mechanics: A Paradigms Approach, D.H. McIntyre, C.A. Minogue, & J. Tate

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Unit of study rules


(PHYS2011 or PHYS2911) and (PHYS2012 or PHYS2912) and (MATH2061 or MATH2961 or MATH2067)


Any one of the following- (PHYS3039, PHYS3939, PHYS3942, PHYS3042, PHYS3943, PHYS3044, PHYS3944, PHYS3060, PHYS3960, PHYS3961, PHYS3062, PHYS3962, PHYS3064, PHYS3964, PHYS3065, PHYS3965, PHYS3066, PHYS3966, PHYS3071, PHYS3971, PHYS3073, PHYS3973, PHYS3079, PHYS3979, PHYS3081, PHYS3981, PHYS3082, PHYS3982, COSC3011, COSC3911)

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