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Unit Overview

Description

This unit builds on a solid foundation of mathematics and physics established at the undergraduate levels in Physics, or Astronomy and Astrophysics, and develops the major elements of modern physics at an advanced level. The unit comprises lecture modules, with 18 lectures being compulsory, and the remaining 18 lectures being drawn from a selection of elective modules. Lecture modules include—Quantum Field Theory 1 (18 lectures); General Relativity (18 lectures); Quantum Optics (18 lectures); Signals and Noise (18 lectures); Computational Quantum Mechanics (18 lectures); GPU (18 lectures); and Statistical Physics (18 lectures).

Credit
6 points
Outcomes

In addition to the specific knowledge imparted, students develop skills in critical thinking about physical situations, problem solving and quantitative analysis.

Assessment

Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignments and projects and (2) final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.



Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Li Ju
Unit rules
Prerequisites
PHYS3001 Quantum Mechanics and Atomic Physics (formerly Quantum Mechanics 2 and Atomic Physics)
and PHYS3002 Electrodynamics and Relativity (formerly Classical Mechanics and Electrodynamics)
and PHYS3011 Mathematical Physics
and PHYS3012 Frontiers in Modern Physics (formerly PHYS3012 Optics and Special Topics), or equivalent
  • 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.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.