phy4qme quantum mechanics




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

The course provides a solid theoretical background in quantum mechanics and electrodynamics coupled with practical examples. The topics in quantum mechanics include matrix mechanics formalism, perturbation theory, variational method and virial theorem, and relativistic quantum mechanics. The topics in electrodynamics include potential formulation of electrodynamics, electromagnetic radiation, relativistic electrodynamics, and electromagnetic waves.

SchoolSchool of Molecular Sciences/LIMS

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorGrant van Riessen

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Acceptance into an honours or masters program (PSMSC) or (SMNT) or (SZHSN) in the Department of Physics, or approval of Department of Physics postgraduate co-ordinator


Incompatible subjects PHY4HNA, PHY4HNB

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsIntroduction to Electrodynamics, 3rd edition, 1999.PrescribedD.J. GriffithsPRENTICE HALL
ReadingsIntroductory Quantum Mechanics.4th edition, 2003.PrescribedR.L. LiboffADDISON-WESLEY

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. TBA


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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorGrant van Riessen

Class requirements

WorkShopWeek: 32 - 43
One 3.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 32 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"The equivalent of 30 hours of practical workshops or similar per semester."

LectureWeek: 31 - 43
Two 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Equivalent to 24 one-hour lectures per semester."


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
one 3-hour examination60
problem sets (equivalent to 1500-words)40