KYA321 Quantum Mechanics provides a rigorous introduction to the theory that underpins the modern understanding of matter and radiation. We start from the semi-classical understanding of the blackbody spectrum of light and the Bohr model of the hydrogen atom and build toward the modern quantum theory with a focus on the central role played by angular momentum. We strongly emphasise the experimental foundations of the theory and the mathematical structures that make it successful. Topics include quantisation and wave packets, the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, the matrix theory of spin, the central force problem, approximation techniques, applications to atomic systems, and scattering theory. Students are encouraged to develop their independent critical thinking ability in both the theoretical and practical components of the unit. KYA321 is a required unit for the physics major, and is the natural starting point for further study of atomic, nuclear, molecular, and condensed matter physics. On-campus workshop, tutorial, and practical sessions are offered in Hobart. All sessions except the practicals are also streamed and recorded. Regular assignments, practical work in the lab, and an end-of-semester exam will be used to assess your progress
|Unit name||Quantum Mechanics|
|College/School||College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
|Coordinator||Professor Andrew Cole|
|Available as an elective?||Yes|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
- International students
- Domestic students
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- Explain the basic principles of quantum physics including the probability interpretation, wave packets and the uncertainty principle, time evolution, and the association of operators with observables.
- Formulate and solve physical problems in quantum mechanics, including central force problems and systems with intrinsic spin.
- Solve realistic problems in atomic, molecular, and particle physics using exact and approximate quantum mechanical methods.
- Perform an advanced experiment related to physics and analyse the results.
- Communicate ideas relating to advanced formulations of quantum mechanics and atomic physics to colleagues and lay audiences using oral, written, and graphical techniques.
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PrerequisitesKYA211 Waves and Kinetic Theory AND KYA212 Electromagnetism and Thermodynamics AND (KMA252 Calculus and Applications 2 OR KME271 Engineering Mathematics)
Three 50-minute lecture/workshops each week, presented in person, on campus, to facilitate demonstrations and interactivity, but also livestreamed and recorded. One 50-minute tutorial each week, problems worked in person but also livestreamed and recorded. Programming and laboratory practical sessions weekly, presented in person on campus. Laboratory practicals are hands-on experimental activity that cannot be undertaken remotely.
|Assessment||Computational Physics (10%)|Experiment logbook and analysis (15%)|Mid-semester test (15%)|Weekly Assignments (20%)|Examination (40%)|
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.
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