Quantum Mechanics (Adv)
Subject 640321 (2009)
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Credit Points:  12.50  

Level:  3 (Undergraduate)  
Dates & Locations:  This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009: Semester 1,  Taught on campus.
Lectures and tutorials Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.  
Time Commitment:  Contact Hours: 30 lectures, six 1hour tutorials and up to six additional contact hours Total Time Commitment: 120 hours total time commitment.  
Prerequisites:  Physics 640223 or 640243. Mathematics 620231 or 620233; and mathematics 620232 or 620234.  
Corequisites:  None  
Recommended Background Knowledge:  None  
Non Allowed Subjects:  640341 Quantum Mechanics  
Core Participation Requirements:  It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study and reasonable steps will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact upon their active and safe participation in a subject are encouraged to discuss this with the relevant subject coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit. 
Coordinator
Prof Raymond Robert VolkasSubject Overview: 
Quantum mechanics plays a central role in our understanding of fundamental phenomena primarily in the microscopic domain. It lays the foundation for an understanding of atomic, molecular, condensed matter, nuclear and particle physics. Topics covered include the probability interpretation, time evolution and the Schrodinger equation, Fourier transforms, Hermitian operators, the eigenvalue problem, expectation values, the Heisenberg uncertainty principle and commutation relations, symmetries and conservation laws, the Dirac deltafunction. The quantum mechanics of angular momentum is developed and then applied to central force systems such as the hydrogen atom. The energy eigenstates of the onedimensional harmonic oscillator are also analysed. The physics of spin1/2 particles is developed using the matrix theory of spin. The Hilbert space or state vector formulation of quantum mechanics is developed and Dirac braket notation introduced. Timeindependent perturbation theory is introduced. 

Objectives: 
Students completing this subject should be able to:

Assessment: 
Assignments totalling up to an equivalent of 3000 words during the semester (20%); a 3hour written examination in the examination period (80%). 
Prescribed Texts: 
E Merzbacher, Quantum Mechanics, Wiley B H Bransden and C J Joachain, Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, Longmans 
Breadth Options:  This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses: You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects. 
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Generic Skills: 
Students should enhance their ability to:

Notes:  This subject is available for science credit to students enrolled in the BSc (pre2008 degree only), BASc or a combined BSc course. 
Related Course(s): 
Bachelor of Biomedical Science 
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 
Mathematics and Statistics (Mathematical Physics specialisation) Physics 
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