• Offered by Physics Education Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Physics
  • Areas of interest Physics, Nuclear Physics
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Marcus Doherty
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2019
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This course introduces students to the microscopic theory of matter and radiation that spans elementary particles to molecules. Building upon prior learning in quantum mechanics and electromagnetism, students will develop understanding of the standard model of particle physics, the structure and radiation of nuclei and atoms, and the formation and properties of molecules. As a result, students will be able to interpret the universe that surrounds them in terms of its most fundamental constituents and apply this knowledge to advances in fundamental physics, radiation safety and medical science, nuclear power, atomic technologies (eg. lasers, atomic clocks, MRI) and quantum chemistry.

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. Apply knowledge of the elementary particles and fundamental interactions of the standard model to solve simple problems in particle physics.
  2. Apply the shell model of nuclear structure to explain nuclear masses and radiation.
  3. Develop models of atomic structure and apply them to explain atomic radiation and interactions with external electric and magnetic fields.
  4. Develop models of molecular structure and apply them to explain chemical bonding and properties.
  5. Solve topical problems in the application of the microscopic theory of matter and radiation (eg nuclear power, nuclear medicine, MRI).
  6. Develop advanced computational, written communication and verbal communication skills.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment consists of:
  • Assignments (40%; LO 1-6)
  • Computational project (10%; LO1-6)
  • Mid-semester exam (20%; LO 1-6)
  • Final exam (30%; LO 1-6)

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Three one hour lectures/ workshops per week plus an optional weekly tutorial.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed PHYS2013 and PHYS2016. Incompatible with PHYS3031 and PHYS3033.


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:
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.

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
4235 25 Feb 2019 04 Mar 2019 31 Mar 2019 31 May 2019 In Person View

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