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PHYS2002 Many Particle Systems

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
The content of this unit includes the underlying physical principles of (1) statistical mechanics— macroscopic versus microscopic descriptions, quasistatic processes, entropy, the microcanonical ensemble, the canonical ensemble, the ideal gas and real gases, Einstein's solid, the grand canonical ensemble, Bose and Fermi distributions, Bose Einstein condensation, and free photon gas; (2) condensed matter physics— crystal structures, reciprocal space, Brillouin zones, X-ray diffraction, the classical and quantum descriptions of crystal dynamics, quasi-particles, neutron scattering.
Students are able to (1) explain the principles and concepts in quantum information, simulation, and computation; (2) understand quantum bits, quantum logic gates, quantum circuits; (3) evaluate quantum algorithms and quantum protocols for information processing, simulation, and communication; and (4) communicate effectively through scientific writing and group discussions.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) laboratory; (2) tests; and (3) final 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 requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the laboratory component.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Darren Grasso
Unit rules
( PHYS1001 Physics for Scientists and Engineers or PHYS1100 Classical and Frontier Physics ) and ( PHYS1002 Modern Physics or PHYS1200 Modern and Frontier Physics ) and ( MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus or MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods )
Contact hours
Lectures: average 3 hours per week; Practical Classes: 1 hour per week; Project/Laboratory Work: 18 hours per semester (6 x 3 hours)
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.