Quantum Mechanics & Thermal Physics
Subject PHYC20005 (2010)
Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.
Credit Points:  12.50  

Level:  2 (Undergraduate)  
Dates & Locations:  This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010: Semester 1, Parkville  Taught on campus.
Lectures and tutorials. Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.  
Time Commitment:  Contact Hours: 3 x one hour lectures per week, 1 x one hour tutorial per week Total Time Commitment: Estimated total time commitment of 120 hours  
Prerequisites: 
One of
Plus one of
Plus one of
 
Corequisites:  None  
Recommended Background Knowledge:  None  
Non Allowed Subjects: 
Students cannot gain for this subject and either of the following  
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. 
Subject Overview:  This subject introduces students to two fundamental areas of physics and is divided into two parts. In the quantum mechanics section, the framework of wave mechanics is established, while in thermal physics, concepts such as work, heat, temperature and entropy are introduced. The physics underlying these components is central to an understanding of many processes in physics, chemistry and engineering. Specific topics to be covered in the quantum mechanics section include the experimental basis of quantum mechanics; waveparticle duality, probability interpretation and the wave function; wavepackets; Schrodinger equation; onedimensional examples such as potential steps, barriers and wells, linear momentum; operators and expectation values; an idea of threedimensional problems and the hydrogen atom. The thermal physics section will cover the zeroth, first and second law of thermodynamics, kinetic theory, the microscopic origin of entropy, heat engines and refrigerators, paramagnetism, phase changes and chemical thermodynamics.


Objectives: 
Students completing this subject should be able to:

Assessment: 
Ongoing assessment of practical work during the semester including:
Satisfactory completion of practical work is necessary to pass the subject, including attendance and submission of work for at least 80% of workshop sessions, together with a result for assessed work of at least 50%.

Prescribed Texts:  Serway, Moses and Moyer, Modern Physics, 3rd edn, Brooks/ColeThomson Learning, 2005 
Recommended Texts: 
D V Schroeder, An Introduction to Thermal Physics, AddisonWesley Longman 
Breadth Options:  This subject is not available as a breadth subject. 
Fees Information:  Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date 
Generic Skills:  A student who completes this subject should be able to:

Notes:  This subject is available for science credit to students enrolled in the BSc (pre2008 degree only), BASc or a combined BSc course. The subject coordinatorâ€™s approval is required for enrolment. The subject is available only to students in pre2008 BSc (or its combined courses) who require successful completion of this subject for their degree. It will not be offered to New Generation BSc students.

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