MODERN PHYSICS

PHY2MOD

2020

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. Inquantum 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.


SchoolSchool of Molecular Sciences/LIMS

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAndrew McDonald

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites PHY1SCB and MAT1NLA and MAT1CDE

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsModern Physics, 6th EditionPrescribedTipler, P. A., and Llewellyn, R. A., 2019W. H. FREEMAN AND CO., NEW YORK

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.

Activities:
Students are introduced to concepts and problem solving techniques through a lecture/workshop and on-line activities.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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.

Activities:
Students are introduced to concepts and problem solving techniques through a lecture/workshop and on-line activities.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

03. Verify the relationships described in the theoretical section of the subject through performing detailed experiments.

Activities:
Students conduct, in pairs, two extended laboratory experiments of nine hours duration each in close consultation with a staff demonstrator, who assists them in the design and conduct of the experiment.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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.

Activities:
The laboratory report mark contains a writing component. Students conduct an oral interview with a laboratory demonstrator at the completion of each experiment where their understanding of the underlying physics concepts, experimental approaches, data and error analysis, and maturity in diagnosing and solving problems are assessed. Students then submit a written laboratory report detailing their interpretation of the results.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Quantitative Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

05. Communicate key findings from experimental investigations in the form of a detailed written report.

Activities:
Students submit a written laboratory report detailing their interpretation of the results, error analysis and conclusions.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Quantitative Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2020, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRussell Anderson

Class requirements

Laboratory Class Week: 32 - 41
Six 3.0 hours laboratory class per study period on weekdays during the day from week 32 to week 41 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture/Workshop Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours lecture/workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 31 - 43
One 3.0 hours unscheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
2-hour written exam (2000 word equivalent)50 01
Two lab reports (1500 word equivalent total)20 02, 03, 04, 05
Short assignments (500 word equivalent total)20 01
Online quizzes (500 word equivalent total)10 02, 03, 04

Melbourne, 2020, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAndrew McDonald

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 31 - 43
One 3.0 hours unscheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.

Lecture/Workshop Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours lecture/workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Laboratory Class Week: 32 - 41
Six 3.0 hours laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 32 to week 41 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
2-hour written exam (2000 word equivalent)50 01
Two lab reports (1500 word equivalent total)20 02, 03, 04, 05
Short assignments (500 word equivalent total)20 01
Online quizzes (500 word equivalent total)10 02, 03, 04