Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, students explore fundamental quantum physics and its application to understanding the electronic and thermal properties of matter. This subject is one of four such subjects at third year level that together constitute the Physics major stream. This stream is an excellent preparation for a career in research or education in the physical sciences and also for honours and post-graduate research studies in Physics.

SchoolSchool of Molecular Sciences/LIMS

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorChris Pakes

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites (PHY2MOD and PHY2OPT and PHY2EMM) or (PHY2CLP and PHYMOD), and (MAT2VCA and MAT2LAL)


Incompatible subjects PHY5PQA

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Analyse, visualise and solve conceptual and mathematical problems related to and described by quantum matter.

Problem-solving techniques are modelled in lectures and workshops and partial solutions to selected problems derived in tutorials. Students are assigned a set of conceptual and mathematical problems to solve in the form of four assignments.

02. Analyse, generate and transmit solutions to complex problems in the field of quantum matter.

Problem solving techniques are modelled in lectures and tutorials. Students will use these techniques to solve problems in quantum matter requiring sophisticated application of the techniques.

03. Use standard technical software to implement computational solutions to problems too complex for analytical mathematical solutions.

Computational skills will be further extended in workshops by students writing an extended program in Matlab to model and thus solve a difficult problem in quantum matter. The program will include extensive in-line documentation as per standard professional programming practice.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorChris Pakes

Class requirements

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
Six 3.0 hours workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
Two 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Tutorial Week: 11 - 22
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 2-hour end of semester written exam (2000 word equiv)50 01, 02
Four written assignments (1800 word equiv)Solutions to short essay questions including mathematical analysis.40 01, 02
One computational assignment (700 word equiv)Marks will be awarded for both the appropriateness of the program design and quality of in-line documentation.10 03