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


International students
Domestic students

Please check that your computer meets the minimum System Requirements if you are attending via Distance/Off-Campus.

Units are offered in attending mode unless otherwise indicated (that is attendance is required at the campus identified). A unit identified as offered by distance, that is there is no requirement for attendance, is identified with a nominal enrolment campus. A unit offered to both attending students and by distance from the same campus is identified as having both modes of study.

Special approval is required for enrolment into TNE Program units.

TNE Program units special approval requirements.

Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 24/2/2020 23/3/2020 31/5/2020 31/5/2020

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2019.

About Census Dates



Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2020: $1,190.00 2020: $2,701.00 010301

Fees for next year will be published in October. The fees above only apply for the year shown.

Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.



  • 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%)

TimetableView the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable


Booktopia textbook links

The University reserves the right to amend or remove courses and unit availabilities, as appropriate.