PHYS 3007 Quantum Physics

Credit Points 10

Coordinator Antonio Lauto Opens in new window

Description The unit builds on quantum concepts that have been introduced in earlier units such Physics 1,2, Nanotechnology and Chemistry. It aims at developing the student's understanding of quantum principles as they apply to hard and soft matter systems, including atoms , molecules and extended arrays such as metal and semiconductors as well as biological tissue

School Science

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 2 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 3 subject

Pre-requisite(s) PHYS 1002 AND
PHYS 1006

Equivalent Subjects LGYA 6033 - Quantum Properties of Chemical Systems

Assumed Knowledge

Mathematics 1A, Mathematics 1B, Physics 1 and Physics 2.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Explain the experimental evidence for a quantum theory
  2. Explain the non commutativity of the product of physical magnitudes
  3. Provide solutions to quantative problems in Quantum Mechanics
  4. Explain the macroscopic applications of Quantum Mechanics
  5. Explain the apparition of a new physical magnitude, the spin, in Relativistic Quantum Mechanics
  6. Apply Quantum Mechanics to other disciplines

Subject Content

1. Experimental evidence for quantisation
2. Wave particle duality and uncertainty
3. Introduction to basic quantum mechanical equations, the wave function
4. Solution of the time independent Schrodinger equation
5. Particle in a box, the tunnel effect
6. The harmonic oscillator, The Rotator
7. Angular momentum
8. The hydrogen atom and atomic wave function
9. Introduction to molecular-orbital theory
10. Introduction to quantum computing methods: chemical applications of semi empirical , ab initio and density function methods for molecular modelling


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Laboratory work and lab reports 300-600 words 30 N Individual
Problems and Questions 300-600 words 30 N Individual
Final Examination (written) 2 hours 40 N Individual

Teaching Periods

2022 Semester 2



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