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Foundations of Contemporary Physics (6 points)


Leader: Dr Imants Svalbe

Clayton First semester 2003 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2004 (Day)

Synopsis: This unit provides the foundation for a major in physics. It consists of two 12-lecture sub-units, Applications of Quantum Mechanics, and Statistical Physics, a 6-hour sub-unit Professional Studies 1, and laboratory work. The key areas for each sub-unit are: (1) Applications of Quantum Mechanics: perturbation theory applied to atomic systems and radiation; (2) Statistical Physics: entropy, classical and quantum statistics with application to paramagnets, classical and quantum gases including Bose condensation; (3) Professional Studies 1: professional responsibility and practice, including a laboratory visit, and Laboratory work: experimental and/or computational work on relevant topics.

Assessment: Examinations (2 x 1.5 hours): 48% + Laboratory work: 25% + Assignments: 27%

Contact Hours: An average of 2 hours lectures, 1.5 hours tutorial/ workshop and 2.5 hours of laboratory work per week

Prerequisites: PHS2011, PHS2022, MTH2010, MTH2032

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