• Offered by Physics Education Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Physics
  • Areas of interest Physics, Science
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Joseph Hope
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2019
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This core third year physics course develops quantum mechanics. Quantum mechanics will be generalised to a broad range of systems, from matter to photons. Topics covered will include foundations, symmetries, angular momentum, and the Lagrangian formulation of quantum mechanics. It also gives an introduction to many-body quantum mechanics, entanglement, bosons and fermions, occupation number notation, theory of open quantum systems, density matrices and master equations, dynamical calculations and approximations in quantum field theories, non-locality and reality and quantum measurement. This course is required for the physics major, the theoretical physics major, and is recommended for those intending to do the honours year in Physics.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Describe the basic Hilbert space structures describing all quantum field theories,
  2. Model physical systems using common approximation techniques for making dynamical calculations.
  3. Discuss the difficulties with the theory of quantum measurement and local realism.
  4. Critically analyse current candidates for a fully defined quantum theory.
  5. Obtain independent scientific knowledge from literature, and communicate it effectively to peers.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment consists of:
  • Assignments and online questions (35%; LO 1-4)
  • Two communication projects (20%; LO 4)
  • Exam (45%; LO 1-3)

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Workload

One three hour workshop per week (with online lecture material), and optional weekly tutorial.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed PHYS2201 and PHYS2013. Incompatible with PHYS3001 and PHYS4100.

Specialisations

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5460
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4231 25 Feb 2019 04 Mar 2019 31 Mar 2019 31 May 2019 In Person View

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