Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject will provide you with a solid theoretical background in quantum mechanics coupled with practical examples. You will explore the matrix mechanics formalism, perturbation theory, the variational method and virial theorem, and relativistic quantum mechanics. You will develop advanced problem solving techniques, which will be applied to solve complex problems in quantum mechanics.

SchoolMolecular Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAlex Schenk

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

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

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted into one of the following courses: SHS, SZHSMN, SMNT or PSMSC Students enrolled in SMNT or PSMSC must have the approval of their Course Co-ordinator to enrol in this subject


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

Learning resources

Introductory Quantum Mechanics

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorR.L. Liboff


Edition/Volume4th edition



Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


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. Develop and apply problem solving approaches specific to the field of quantum mechanics.
02. Generate and transmit solutions to complex problems related to quantum mechanics
03. Devise and explain solutions to problems in quantum mechanics in seminar format.

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAlex Schenk

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 30 - 42
One 2.00 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.

WorkShopWeek: 32 - 43
One 2.00 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 32 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

3-hour examination (3000 word equiv)

N/ACentral examIndividualNo60 SILO1, SILO2

Three Problem sets (1500 word equiv)

N/AOtherIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3