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. Students develop their experimental and computational skills with a range of laboratory experiments. This unit is one of four such units 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.

FacultyFaculty of Science, Tech & Engineering

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 (PHY2SCA and PHY2SCB), and (MAT2VCA and MAT2LAL and MAT2MEC) or equivalent or approval from the Department of Physics adviser of studies


Incompatible subjects PHY3SCA, PHY3SCB, PHY5PQA

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorChris Pakes

Class requirements

Laboratory Class Week: 11 - 22
Two 3.0 hours laboratory class every two weeks on weekdays during the day from week 11 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 every two weeks on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%
3-hour Exam comprising short-answer questionsStudents must pass the laboratory and tutorial component to pass the unit60
5 assignments comprising approximately 5 pages of mathematical solutions, including diagrams20
Two oral reports on laboratory activities6
Two written reports on laboratory activities (approx 1500 words each)14