Classical and Quantum Physics II

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Classical and Quantum Physics II

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    1301BPS Physics A; 1302BPS Physics B; 1201BPS Mathematics IA AND 1210BPS Mathematics IB 

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Description:
    This course develops further the concepts of classical mechanics with respect to the kinematics and dynamics of rigid bodies and systems. It covers two and three dimensional motion, basic conservation laws and Lagrange's and Hamilton's equations. The course also covers quantisation; introduction to operator mathematics; measurement theory, postulates of quantum mechanics, derivation of Schrodinger equation

    Course Introduction
    This course extends the knowledge of classical and quantum physics gained by students from courses in first year.

    Structure. The course will be presented in the form of Lectures, Workshops and Problem Classes. Lectures allow the students to see the formal theory, and obtain necessary practice in writing mathematical symbols and formats. Workshops aid in understanding through learned discussion. The Problem Classes give the students the opportunity to work through problems from the problem sheets under the guidance of the lecturer, and provide students with the opportunity to ask further questions.

    The Lectures/Workshops will be given at the rate of about three per week, and Problem Classes will be given at the rate of about one per week, based on set problem sheets.

    Videoconferencing. The course may make use of small amounts of videoconferencing.

    Course Aims
    The primary purpose of this course is to continue the training of students in the fundamentals of physics following from the first year classical and quantum physics. It extends the analysis of classical systems to the kinematics and dynamics of rigid bodies in three dimensions and develops a general mathematical formalism based on the method of calculus of variations and the Lagrange's and Hamilton's Equations. It also provides students with a formal mathematical framework for the quantum mechanics of microscopic properties of nature, which forms the basis for further extensions and applications in other second and third year physics and chemistry courses.

    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:

    1  understand the physical concepts and mathematical formalisms underpinning the topics listed in the Course Aims
    2  solve problems of the type given in the problem sheets and lectures

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.