- Code PHYS3105
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Research School of Physics
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Physics
- Areas of interest Astronomy and Astrophysics, Materials Science, Physics, Nuclear Physics
- Academic career UGRD
- Dr Lindsey Bignell
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2023
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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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Apply knowledge of the elementary particles and fundamental interactions of the standard model to solve simple problems in particle physics.
- Apply the shell model of nuclear structure to explain nuclear masses and radiation.
- Develop models of atomic structure and apply them to explain atomic radiation and interactions with external electric and magnetic fields.
- Develop models of molecular structure and apply them to explain chemical bonding and properties.
- Solve topical problems in the application of the microscopic theory of matter and radiation (eg nuclear power, nuclear medicine, MRI).
- Develop advanced computational, written communication and verbal communication skills.
- Assignments (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
- Computational project (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
- Mid-semester exam (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
- Final exam (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:
- Face-to face component which may consist of 3 x 1 hour lectures/workshops per week plus optional 1 x 1 hours tutorial per week.
- Approximately 90 hours of self directed study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations and other assessment tasks.
Requisite and Incompatibility
There are no prescribed texts.
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