Quantum Physics/Plasma/Comp. Physics

University of Sydney

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Quantum Physics/Plasma/Comp. Physics

  • Host University

    University of Sydney

  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Physics

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Pre-requisites

    PHYS2X11 and PHYS2X12 and (MATH2X21 or MATH2X61 or MATH2067)

     

    Co-requisites

    PHYS3040 or PHYS3940 or PHYS3941

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

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

    The lectures on Quantum Physics build on Intermediate Quantum Physics to cover more advanced topics, including atomic theory and spectroscopy, quantisation of the hydrogen atom, angular momentum in quantum mechanics, and perturbation theory. The lectures on Plasma Physics aim to provide an understanding of the physics of fundamental phenomena in plasmas and to introduce the basic methods of theoretical and experimental plasma physics. The course includes a study of collective phenomena and sheaths, collisional processes, single particle motions, fluid models, equilibria, waves, electromagnetic properties, instabilities, and introduction to kinetic theory. Examples will be given, where appropriate, of the application of these concepts to naturally occurring and man-made plasmas. The module on Computational Physics uses a mixture of lectures and computational lab sessions to explore problem solving using computers. It covers numerical schemes for solving ordinary and partial differential equations, with emphasis on choosing the best method to suit the problem, and on understanding numerical accuracy and stability. All coding is done in MATLAB, and no programming experience is assumed beyond that covered in Intermediate Physics.

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.