Course Title: Quantum Physics
Part A: Course Overview
Course Title: Quantum Physics
Credit Points: 12.00
171H School of Science
|Sem 1 2020|
Course Coordinator: Professor Salvy Russo
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Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities
It is assumed that you have acquired the knowledge and capabilities developed in PHYS2178 Classical and Quantum Mechanics, PHYS2123 Modern Physics and MATH1129 Mathematics for Physicists.
Quantum Physics deals with the description of the structure of matter at the atomic level. It has wide applicability to almost all areas of science and technology particularly those that deal with the properties of materials.
This is a final year undergraduate course and assumes a successful completion of the first two years of a physics degree. It covers the physical understanding of matter from an atomic view point as well as introducing the fundamentals upon which modern computer modelling of matter is based.
The course has a theoretical lecture component and also involves worked exercises to illustrate the material which the student should work through in order to fully understand this theoretical material.
Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development
This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BP229 and BP247:
PLO 1: Understanding science:
PLO 1.1: You will demonstrate an understanding of the scientific method and an ability to apply the scientific method in practice.
PLO 1.2: You will demonstrate an understanding of the role and relevance of science in society.
PLO 1.3: You will demonstrate an understanding of the role and importance of evidence in the continuous evolution of scientific knowledge.
PLO-2: Scientific knowledge
PLO 2.1: You will have broad knowledge in your chosen discipline, with deep knowledge in its core concepts.
PLO-3: Inquiry and Problem Solving
PLO 3.2: You will be able to gather, critically review and synthesise information relevant to a scientific inquiry or research project.
PLO 3.3: You will be able to choose appropriate tools and methods to solve scientific problems within your area of specialisation.
PLO 3.4: You will demonstrate well-developed problem solving skills, applying your knowledge and using your ability to think analytically and creatively.
PLO 4.1: You will be able to communicate the solution to a problem or the results of a scientific investigation using effective oral, written and presentation skills.
Course Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this course you should be able to:
- be familiar with the basic ideas and tools of elementary quantum theory, and be able to apply them in other fields which use quantum theory;
- have developed an understanding of atomic and molecular structure;
- Solve intermediate-level problems in quantum mechanics;
- Be capable of communicating and explaining these concepts to others;
- Apply the theory learned to novel physical situations, through mathematical manipulation of the underlying equations
Overview of Learning Activities
Learning will occur through a series of lectures, plus a set of non-assessable assignments designed to give experience in applications and to illustrate basic concepts.
Total Study Hours
Teacher guided hours: 48
Learner guided hours: 72
Overview of Learning Resources
You will be provided with copies of lecture notes and additional materials in class. Lists of relevant reference texts and resources in the library will also be provided.
Overview of Assessment
This course has no hurdle requirements.
The assessment will be through:
- Assignments/Labs 40% (Addresses CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
- 2 Class Tests 30% (Addresses CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
- End of semester exam 30% (Addresses CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)