Courses & Units

Wave Mechanics and Quantum Mechanics KYA321


Required for students majoring in Physics


Quantum mechanics describes the fundamental behaviour of nuclei, atoms, molecules and the solid state. An introduction to the ideas leading up to quantum physics (wave mechanics), including the origin of the black body spectrum, the Bohr model and Bohr-Sommerfeld quantisation, and Rutherford ?- nucleus scattering, will be combined with sections on photon and particle interactions, to provide the background for the wave nature of matter and the particle nature of light. Then we show how de Broglies matter wave ideas lead to Schrdingers equation, and a variety of problems of wave transmission and reflection, and bound states, are studied, chiefly in one-dimensional toy models such as particles in a constant field, one-dimensional oscillators, or particles in a periodic lattice. Finally a more formal presentation of the axioms of quantum mechanics proper will be followed by applications, to the description of quantum oscillators, angular momentum, spin, magnetic resonance, identical particles, the solution of Schrdingers equation for hydrogen-like atoms, and an introduction to masers and atomic structure.


Unit name Wave Mechanics and Quantum Mechanics
Unit code KYA321
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Physics
Coordinator Associate Professor Stas Shabala
Available as student elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Advanced


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 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022

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Learning Outcomes

  • using appropriate terminology, describe basic physical concepts in wave and quantum mechanics.
  • formulate physical problems in the areas of wave and quantum mechanics, and use a range of mathematical and graphical techniques to solve them.
  • describe the assumptions and limitations underpinning quantum physics theories.
  • analyse and interpret experimental results to identify evidence for and against physics hypotheses.
  • report scientific information to colleagues and lay audiences using oral, written, numerical and graphic communication.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
010301 $1,002.00 $1,002.00 not applicable $2,701.00

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Admission into a Masters course OR KYA211 Waves and Kinetic Theory AND KYA212 Electromagnetism and Thermodynamics AND (KMA252 Calculus and Applications 2 OR KME271 Engineering Mathematics)


Teaching Pattern

3 lectures, 1 tutorial weekly, 36 lab hrs total

AssessmentAssignments (20%)|Test (15%)|Lab report (15%)|Examination (50%)
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