Quantum Physics

University of Melbourne

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Quantum Physics

  • Host University

    University of Melbourne

  • Location

    Melbourne, Australia

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    PHYC20009 Thermal and Classical Physics

    PHYC20010 Quantum Mechanics and Special Relativity

    PHYC20011 Electromagnetism and Optics


    Both: PHYC20013 Laboratory and Computational Physics 2 and CHEM20019 Practical Chemistry 2 AND either PHYC20013 Labratory and Computational Physics 2 OR CHEM20019 Practical Chemistry 2

    * PHYC20013 may be taken concurrently

    And Mathematics

    MAST20009 Vector Calculus

    And at least one of

    MAST10009 Accelerated Mathematics 2

    MAST20026 Real Analysis

    MAST20030 Differential Equations

    Hours & Credits

  • US Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • 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 basic principles of quantum mechanics (probability interpretation; Schrödinger equation; Hermitian operators, eigenstates and observables; symmetrisation, antisymmetrisation and the Pauli exclusion principle; entanglement)
    • wave packets, Fourier transforms and momentum space
    • eigenvalue spectra and delta-function normalisation
    • Heisenberg uncertainty principle
    • matrix theory of spin
    • the Hilbert space or state vector formation using Dirac bra-ket notation
    • the harmonic oscillator
    • the quantisation of angular momentum and the central force problem including the hydrogen atom
    • approximation techniques including perturbation theory and the variational method
    • applications to atomic and other systems.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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.