Quantum Systems
Subject PHYC30020 (2010)
Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.
Credit Points:  12.50  

Level:  3 (Undergraduate)  
Dates & Locations:  This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010: Semester 2, Parkville  Taught on campus.
Lectures and problemsolving classes Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.  
Time Commitment:  Contact Hours: 2 to 4 hours per week, 36 in total, lectures and problemsolving classes Total Time Commitment: Estimated total time commitment of 120 hours  
Prerequisites: 
Physics One of
Plus one of
And Mathematics Either both of Or
For students who commenced second year level mathematics prior to 2009: One of
And one of
 
Corequisites:  None  
Recommended Background Knowledge:  None  
Non Allowed Subjects: 
Students may only gain credit for one of
 
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: 
Quantum mechanics governs the structure of atomic, molecular and condensed matter state systems, the nature of light and charge, and the interactions between these systems. Whereas earlier subjects detailed the principles and foundations of quantum mechanics, this subject details properties of real systems and discusses applications of this fundamental field of enquiry. The necessary use of quantum ideas in developing an understanding of the structure of matter is emphasised. Topics covered include:


Objectives: 
To challenge students to expand their knowledge of fundamental physics principles and develop their capacity to:

Assessment: 
Two tests of 1 hour (5% each) and two assignments each totalling up to an equivalent of 1500 words during the semester (5% each); a 3hour written examination in the examination period (80%). 
Prescribed Texts: 
C Kittel, Introduction to Solid State Physics. 8th Ed, Wiley 
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. 
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 (both pre2008 and new degrees), BASc or a combined BSc course. 
Related Course(s): 
Bachelor of Science 
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 
Physics Physics 
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