3 x 50-minute lectures weekly
5 x 3-hour laboratories per semester
1 x 3-hour computer lab per semester
1 PHYS1101 - Fundamental Physics I
2 PHYS1102 - Fundamental Physics II
Must Satisfy: (1 and 2)
Enrolment not permitted
PHYS8721 has been successfully completed
Topic description

This topic provides an introduction to quantum physics through the study of various quantum phenomena and their theoretical description using quantum mechanics. Special emphasis is given to spectroscopy as a tool for studying the structure of atoms and molecules, and to the theoretical formulation of quantum mechanics. Lectures are supplemented with laboratory sessions to aid learning outcomes. The material to be taught in this topic will includes: introduction to quantum phenomena, tunnelling, the STM, the rotational and vibrational spectroscopy of diatomic molecules, wave-functions, the uncertainty principle, the Schroedinger equation and its application to 1D and 3D problems and angular momentum.

Educational aims

This topic aims to give students a sound understanding of quantum physics. In addition, it aims to enhance students understanding, while developing their problem solving abilities, by including topic-specific problem solving exercises. Similarly, the students laboratory based work is aimed to both enhance their understanding and to develop their experimental skills.

Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Understand the wave-function formulation of quantum mechanics
  2. Apply quantum mechanics to simple physical systems in one dimension
  3. Understand the concept of angular momentum
  4. Have an appreciation of the formulation of quantum mechanics in three dimensions
  5. Have a good knowledge of quantum phenomena and spectroscopy
  6. Complete related laboratory experiments

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

Each class is numbered in brackets.
Where more than one class is offered, students normally attend only one.

Classes are held weekly unless otherwise indicated.


If you are enrolled for this topic, but all classes for one of the activities (eg tutorials) are full,
contact your College Office for assistance. Full classes frequently occur near the start of semester.

Students may still enrol in topics with full classes as more places will be made available as needed.

If this padlock appears next to an activity name (eg Lecture), then class registration is closed for this activity.

Class registration normally closes at the end of week 2 of each semester.

Classes in a stream are grouped so that the same students attend all classes in that stream.
Registration in the stream will result in registration in all classes.
  Unless otherwise advised, classes are not held during semester breaks or on public holidays.