|Details for undergraduate courses|
|Content||The content of this unit includes (1) quantum mechanics—operators, matrix mechanics and Dirac formalism, uncertainty relations, measurement theory, spin one-half particles and two-state systems, conservation and symmetry, angular momentum and addition rules, periodic potentials; and (2) atomic physics—Schrödinger equation in three dimensions and the hydrogen atom, time-independent perturbation theory, spin-orbit coupling and relativistic effects in the real hydrogen atom, multi-electron atoms and molecules. The content is explored with reference to a range of applications and physical contexts, and developed and applied through a series of laboratory tasks. Skills in problem identification, mathematical exploration and solution are fostered through assignment sheets and tutorial activities.|
|Outcomes||Students are able to (1) deepen their understanding of quantum mechanics and atomic physics; (2) apply and further develop critical thinking skills in a range of realistic physical situations; (3) use appropriate mathematical techniques; (4) develop and apply problem identification and mathematical solution skills in a range of realistic physical situations; (5) apply and further develop understanding of the physical principles of measurement, experimental technique, quantitative analysis and data analysis relevant to physics; and (6) further develop oral and written communication skills relevant to the discipline of physics.|
|Assessment||Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) assignments; (2) experimental projects; (3) scheduled tests; and (4) an end-of-semester examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.|
To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite standard(s) for the experimental projects component of the unit, as specified in the unit outline.
Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
|Unit Coordinator(s)||Dr Darren Grasso|
|Contact hours||lectures: average 3 hours per week; tutorials: 1 hour per week; project/lab work: 24 hours per semester|
Current information is available in the School of Physics textbooks list.