- Class Number 3927
- Term Code 3330
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Prof Andrew Truscott
- Prof Andrew Truscott
- Dr Eliezer Estrecho
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 20/02/2023
- Class End Date 26/05/2023
- Census Date 31/03/2023
- Last Date to Enrol 27/02/2023
- Eve Cheng
Quantum mechanics (along with General Relativity) is one of the two foundational theories on which modern physics rests. PHYS2013 introduces the basic theoretical concepts and formalism, including the wave mechanics developed by Schroedinger and others and some aspects of the matrix formalism first developed by Heisenberg.
The course starts with an overview of the historical evidence that led to the development of a quantum theory of matter and light. This is followed by an introduction to the key elements of quantum mechanics, including the statistical interpretation of wave functions, the role of operators and their connection with observables, and uncertainty. These concepts are initially introduced and reinforced through relatively simple problems with analytic solutions, but computational solutions are also examined where appropriate.
PHYS2013 provides the foundations for further studies of, for example, atomic and nuclear spectroscopy, elementary particle physics and solid state physics as well as more advanced quantum mechanics. It is thus a core course in that it provides the background needed for several courses offered at third year. There is a small laboratory component (shared with PHYS2020).
Honours Pathway Option
This course is offered as an advanced option.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- identify and understand the kinds of experimental results which are incompatible with classical physics and which required the development of a quantum theory of matter and light;
- interpret the wave function and apply operators to it to obtain information about a particle's physical properties such as position, momentum and energy;
- solve the Schroedinger equation to obtain wave functions for some basic, physically important types of potential in one dimension, and estimate the shape of the wavefunction based on the shape of the potential;
- understand the role of uncertainty in quantum physics, and use the commutation relations of operators to determine whether or not two physical properties can be simultaneously measured;
- apply the technique of separation of variables to solve problems in more than one dimension and to understand the role of degeneracy in the occurrence of electron shell structure in atoms;
- relate the matrix formalism to the use of basis states, and solve simple problems in that formalism;
- design, set up and carry out experiments; analyse data recognising and accounting for uncertainties; and compare results with theoretical predictions.
Atomic And Molecular Physics
Degenerate Quantum Gases And Atom Optics
The course does not exactly follow one textbook, however it is closely related to the content from ‘Griffith’s: Introduction to Quantum Mechanics’ second edition. I will endeavour to state which sections of Griffith’s are relevant to which sections of the course in the preamble to each online section on EDX. Also all the video slides will be released on the EDX platform.
The classic text Quantum Mechanics by Leornard Schiff is available online freely and legally: https://archive.org/details/QuantumMechanics_500. The "PDF with text version" is probably the most useful, as it is searchable. It is dated (1968), but the fundamentals of quantum mechanics haven't changed that much. It is also available from the library. We will mostly refer to chapters 1 to 6.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Results of in class quizzes
- Marked assignments
- Full solutions to Workshop Problems
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Please note, that where there are multiple assessment tasks of the same type, e.g weekly assignments a date range is used in the Assessment Summary. The first date is the approximate due date of the first task, the return date is the approximate return date for the final task. Further information is provided in the assessment section of the class summary, and details are provided on the course wattle site.
Adjustments to delivery in 2020
Course delivery and assessment in 2020 was adjusted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Any information below that replaces what was published in the Class Summary for Semester 1, 2020 was approved by the Associate Dean Education (as is required after 10% commencement of a course). Where an activity or assessment is not referenced below, it remains unchanged.
- Tutorials and Workshops were done via Zoom.
- Practical sessions were replaced with data analysis and simulation exercises and kits to use at home.
Adjustments were made to assignment due dates; for details see the course Wattle site.
- Online questions after lectures were worth 10%.
- Assignments were worth 30%, with the best 6 of 8 assignment scores used.
- Workshop Quizzes were cancelled.
- Mid Term Exam was cancelled.
- Final Exam was open book, done remotely and worth 40%.
- Labs were worth 20%.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Weeks 1-12 Flipped classroom-Short videos will be posted followed by a series of multiple choice question. Weekly Workshop (1 on campus and 1 online for remote students)||Flipped Classroom: Short videos will be posted followed by a series of multiple choice questions to test your understanding of the video content. Workshop: problem sheets will be set approximately every week throughout the semester. A typical workshop consists of a problem sheet that is based on concepts of the weekly videos that the whole class works through. Discussion with other students at your table, about the problems, is encouraged, however, the real strength of the workshop is the student’s access to experienced tutors/lecturer. For those students that are remote, there will be an on-line workshop (compulsory)|
This course requires you to register for edX edge. You must use the username that is your ANU ID, e.g. u1234567. This is a uniform policy for all physics courses. If you have another edX edge account you cannot use it, and must create a new one with the correct username. Incorrect usernames will be regularly deleted. This ensures that people do not have duplicate accounts that might be used for cheating. Please refer to the Wattle page for further info.
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|MC Questions (online)||10 %||*||*||1,2,3,4,5,6|
|Assignments (offline)||20 %||*||*||1,2,3,4,5,6|
|Workshop Quizzes (offline)||10 %||*||*||1,2,3|
|Final Exam (offline)||35 %||01/06/2023||30/06/2023||1,2,3,4,5,6|
|Labs (offline)||25 %||*||*||7|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Moderation of Assessment
Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
The course now follows the ‘flipped classroom’ model, that is, there are no lectures but instead short videos that convey the course content.
A weekly 2 hour workshop gives you access to experienced tutors available to assist with problem sheets and general course questions. There will be a workshop offered on line as well as in person. Workshop attendence is compulsory.
Please refer to the ANU Exam timetable or Wattle for exam times and locations.
Please note, that where a date range is used in the Assessment Summary in relation to exams, the due date and return date for mid-semester exams indicate the approximate timeframe in which the exam will be held; the due and return date for end of semester exams indicate the approximate timeframe in which the exam will be held and the date official end of Semester results are released on ISIS. Students should consult the course wattle site and the ANU final examination timetable to confirm the date, time and venue of the exam.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6
MC Questions (online)
After most lectures there will be a series of exercises (multiple choice questions). You will in general have one go at each question and they should be done independently. The combined mark from all these exercises will form 10% of the mark.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6
There will be a total of 8 assignments that you will do throughout the course. These will be released on the Wattle site and will contribute 20% to your final mark. (The top 6 results of the 8 assignments will be recorded for assessment)
Assignments will NOT be accepted after the due time/date (refer to the Wattle page for dates (you will get a mark of ZERO if you miss the upload date) - this is so I can put solutions up promptly.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3
Workshop Quizzes (offline)
After each workshop there will be a short WATTLE multiple choice quiz. . These quizzes will be worth a total of 10%.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6
Final Exam (offline)
There will be a 3hr final exam, similar to previous years exams. Previous exams are available from the library. The final exam will be worth 35%, and will test the entire course content. The end of semester exam is intended to assess your ability to use concepts drawn from throughout the course to solve problems similar in spirit to some of those encountered in class. It is also a means of assessing your work as an individual, and your ability to think on the spot.
The date range in the Assessment Summary indicates the start of the end of semester exam period and the date official end of semester results are released on ISIS. Please check the ANU final Examination Timetable http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/assessments-exams/examination-timetable to confirm the date, time and location exam.
Assessment Task 5
Learning Outcomes: 7
The lab component is carried out through the second year lab program and will be worth 25%. The lab program is designed to improve your observational, experimental design, data-taking, analysis and critical thinking skills. Although some of the experiments are related to quantum mechanics, it is NOT intended to support the PHYS2013 lectures and is essentially an independent program. For more information see the Second Year Physics Lab Wattle site.
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BEC, Quantum Optics, Quantum physics
Atomic And Molecular Physics
Degenerate Quantum Gases And Atom Optics
Prof Andrew Truscott
Prof Andrew Truscott
Dr Eliezer Estrecho