PHYS3001 Quantum Mechanics and Atomic Physics

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Physics major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Mathematical and Physical Sciences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
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: hydrogen atom, electric dipole transitions, transition probabilities, spin and orbital momentum, electron spin, nuclear spin, atomic and nuclear shell model, fine structure, hyperfine interaction, multi-electron atoms, LS coupling, jj coupling, and atoms in external fields.

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 practical class activities.
Students are able to (1) analyse the concepts and physical principles involved in advanced formulations of quantum mechanics and atomic physics.; (2) communicate ideas, both orally and written, relating to advanced formulations of quantum mechanics, atomic physics and performed experiments, at an expert level.; (3) solve problems in a range of realistic situations relating to advanced formulations of quantum mechanics and atomic physics.; (4) execute an advanced experiment relevant to physics.; and (5) evaluate the results of an advanced experiment relevant to physics..
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) laboratory; (2) tests and assignments; 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.

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
Unit rules
PHYS2001 Quantum Physics and Electromagnetism
(MATH2501 Advanced Mathematical Methods
MATH3023 Advanced Mathematics Applications)
MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus
MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods
Contact hours
lectures: average 3 hours per week; practical classes: 1 hour per week; project/lab work: 24 hours per semester
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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