PHYS2002 Many Particle Systems

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Content
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.
Outcomes
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.
Assessment
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.

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
Prerequisites:
(PHYS1001 Physics for Scientists and Engineers or PHYS1100 Classical and Frontier Physics) and PHYS1002 Modern 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)
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