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Introduction to the fundamental microscopic and macroscopic theories of matter. Quantum physics: wave-particle duality, the uncertainty principle, the measurement problem. Thermodynamics; principles of statistical mechanics. Classical mechanics.
This paper covers three major topics in physics. The Classical Mechanics section presents a mathematically rigorous account of Newton's laws, mechanics and harmonic oscillators. The Quantum Mechanics section introduces the wave function, Schrödinger's equations and applications. The Thermal Physics section introduces the laws of thermodynamics and statistical mechanics for isolated systems and systems connected to a thermal reservoir.
|Paper title||Quantum and Thermal Physics|
|Teaching period||First Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,080.30|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$4,858.95|
- One of PHSI 110 , PHSI 131, PHSI 132, PHSI 191, and (MATH 160 or MATH 170)
- PHSI 251
- Schedule C
- It is strongly recommended that students taking PHSI231 or PHSI232 have passed MATH170 or are enrolled in MATH170 and have a B grade or better in MATH160. Students without the Mathematics background recommended for PHSI231 may still be admitted to the paper. To do this, apply for Special Permission at the Review and Submit stage of your application.
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- Teaching staff
- Course Co-ordinator: Dr Mikkel Andersen
Professor Blair Blakie
Dr Philip Brydon
Classical Mechanics, John R. Taylor, University Science Books
Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, Third edition, by David J. Griffiths and Darrell F. Schroeter
An introduction to thermal physics, Daniel V. Schroeder, Addison Wesley Longman
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship,
Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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- Learning Outcomes
- After completing this paper students will be able to:
- State the basic principles of three key topics in physics: Newtonian classical mechanics, introductory wave-function-based quantum mechanics and thermal physics (thermodynamics, microcanonical and canonical statistical mechanics)
- Apply these principles, in conjunction with mathematical and statistical techniques, to solve problems in these three topic areas
- Present a solution to a physics problem in a clear and logical written form and be able to assess whether a solution is physically reasonable
- Locate and use additional sources of information, such as text books and discussion with peers, to facilitate problem solving