Courses & Units

Wave Mechanics and Quantum Mechanics KYA321



Required for students majoring in Physics


Wave mechanics develops the ideas of quantum physics, starting with the wave/particle nature of matter and radiation. Topics include an introduction to quantum behaviour via examples such as electron spin and photon polarisation states, Heisenberg's principle, and applications of the Schroedinger's equation to particles in potential traps and barriers.

Quantum mechanics describes the fundamental behaviour of nuclei, atoms, molecules and the solid state. A formal development of the axioms of quantum theory will be followed by applications to the description of quantum oscillators, angular momentum, spin, magnetic resonance, identical particles, the solution of Schroedinger's equation for hydrogen-like atoms, and an introduction to masers and atomic structure. Quantum mechanics provides the back ground for atomic and nuclear physics, statistical and solid state physics as well as quantum information and quantum computation. The laboratory program includes advanced individual experiments in selected areas of physics and/or readings and presentations covering selected topics in modern physics.


Unit name Wave Mechanics and Quantum Mechanics
Unit code KYA321
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Physics
Teaching staff Dr A Cole, Dr S Shabala
Level Advanced
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 22/2/2021 23/3/2021 12/4/2021 30/5/2021

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Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
010301 $993.00 $993.00 not applicable $2,701.00

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  • KYA211 and KYA212 and KMA252 or KME271


Teaching Pattern

3 lectures, 1 tutorial weekly, 36 lab hrs total


1 x 3hr exams (60%), laboratory work (25%), assignments & internal tests (15%)

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