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.
Forty six 1-hour lectures and eight 2-hour computer labs.
One 3-hour exam, quizzes and assignments (100%).
Quantum Mechanics: A Paradigms Approach, D.H. McIntyre, C.A. Minogue, and J. Tate
PHYS2X11 and PHYS2X12 and (MATH2X21 or MATH2X61 or MATH2067)Prohibitions
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)