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.

SchoolSchool of Molecular Sciences/LIMS

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAlex Schenk

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

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

Exchange StudentsYes

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 enroll in this subject.


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsIntroductory Quantum Mechanics.4th editionPrescribedR.L. Liboff, 2003ADDISON-WESLEY

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Develop and apply problem solving approaches specific to the field of quantum mechanics.

Advanced problem solving techniques related to quantum mechanics are modelled in lectures and workshops. Students will solve complex problems in quantum mechanics and answer short essay questions for the exam and assignments.

02. Generate and transmit solutions to complex problems related to quantum mechanics

Students prepare three technical reports presenting the solutions they have constructed for solving problems in quantum mechanics.

03. Devise and explain solutions to problems in quantum mechanics in seminar format.

Students participate in 12 lecture seminars where they take turns to solve problems in front of their peers under academic guidance.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2020, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAlex Schenk

Class requirements

WorkShop Week: 32 - 43
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 32 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

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


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
3-hour examination (3000 word equiv)60 01, 02
Three Problem sets (1500 word equiv)40 01, 02, 03