MODERN PHYSICS

PHY2MOD

2021

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, you will explore two of the most important concepts in modern physics; special relativity and quantum mechanics. Special relativity considers the consequences of Einstein's postulates of the finite speed of light and its' constancy in different frames of reference including simultaneity, mass-energy equivalence (E = mc^2), causality and the possibility of inter-stellar space travel. In quantum mechanics, you will consider the consequences of the wave nature of matter such as particles which appear in two places at once. You will learn the essential mathematics of quantum mechanics used to describe expectation values and operators, stationary and time-dependent states, quantisation of angular momentum, and spin. On completion of this subject you will be able to apply the concepts of modern physics to solve problems in special relativity and quantum mechanics. By undertaking three experimental investigations related to these topics you will develop your conceptual understanding and laboratory skills. Knowledge and competence in the material presented in pre-requisite PHY1SCB or MAT1NLA and MAT1CDE is assumed.

SchoolMolecular Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAndrew McDonald

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesMAT1CDE AND PHY1SCB AND MAT1NLA

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Readings

Modern Physics

Resource TypePrescribed

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorTipler, P. A., and Llewellyn, R. A.

Year2019

Edition/Volume6th edition

PublisherW. H. FREEMAN AND CO., NEW YORK

ISBNN/A

Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

URLN/A

Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready

Career-focusedNo

Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Predict the outcomes of observations of systems moving at speeds approaching the speed of light using the framework of special relativity.
02. Analyse quantum mechanical systems, whose length scales approach that of the hydrogen atom to determine their mechanical properties and consider how they differ from those described by classical theory.
03. Verify the relationships described in the theoretical section of the subject through performing detailed experiments.
04. Describe and explain, in appropriate written and verbal style, the findings from laboratory experiments performed by the student. Answer verbal queries about the findings as presented in the context of modern physics.
05. Communicate key findings from experimental investigations in the form of a detailed written report.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2021, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRussell Anderson

Class requirements

Laboratory ClassWeek: 32 - 41
Six 3.00 h laboratory class per study period on weekdays during the day from week 32 to week 41 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture/WorkshopWeek: 30 - 42
One 2.00 h lecture/workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 30 - 42
One 3.00 h unscheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

2-hour written exam (2000 word equivalent)

N/AN/AN/ANo50 SILO1

Two lab reports (1500 word equivalent total)

N/AN/AN/ANo20 SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

Short assignments (500 word equivalent total)

N/AN/AN/ANo20 SILO1

Online quizzes (500 word equivalent total)

N/AN/AN/ANo10 SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAndrew McDonald

Class requirements

Laboratory ClassWeek: 32 - 41
Six 3.00 h laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 32 to week 41 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture/WorkshopWeek: 30 - 42
One 2.00 h lecture/workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 30 - 42
One 3.00 h unscheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

2-hour written exam (2000 word equivalent)

N/AN/AN/ANo50 SILO1

Two lab reports (1500 word equivalent total)

N/AN/AN/ANo20 SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

Short assignments (500 word equivalent total)

N/AN/AN/ANo20 SILO1

Online quizzes (500 word equivalent total)

N/AN/AN/ANo10 SILO2, SILO3, SILO4