6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL
Undergraduate - Unit
Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.
- First semester 2017 (Day)
This unit consists of two 12-lecture sub-units, Quantum Mechanics, Statistical Physics and laboratory work. The key areas for each sub-unit are:
- Quantum Mechanics: QM states and the Dirac notation. Operators, measurement and observables. The quantum harmonic oscillator. The hydrogen atom, angular momentum and spin. Time evolution, periodic potentials, and perturbation theory. Identical particles.
- Statistical Physics: Heat, temperature and entropy. Classical and quantum statistics. Counting states and probability. The Maxwell-Boltzmann, Fermi-Dirac and Bose-Einstein probability distributions. Applications to real systems.
- Laboratory work: experimental laboratory work on relevant topics.
On completion of this unit students will be able to:
- Describe concepts and perform calculations in Quantum Mechanics, using the Dirac and Schrodinger formalism, and apply this knowledge to the analytical solution of model quantum systems.
- Describe and perform calculations associated with fundamental concepts in Statistical Mechanics, which include both classical and quantum many-body systems.
- Solve new problems in physics related to the core concepts of the unit by drawing on the theoretical underpinnings that illustrate the physics.
- Perform measurements and analysis on experiments that demonstrate the theoretical physics described in this and other physics units.
- Produce experimental reports that present results, analyse and discuss the implications and outcomes of experimental work.
Examination (3 hours): 46% + Laboratory work: 34% + Assignments: 20% + Hurdle requirement: Students must achieve a pass mark in the practical component to achieve an overall pass grade.
- Two 1-hour lectures and two 1-hour tutorials per week
- An average of two hours in the laboratory per week
- Six hours of independent study per week
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