PHY302 Quantum Mechanics (8)
Abstract
Quantum mechanics is the basis for twenty first century technology including quantum computing and nano technologies. This subject extends the quantum mechanics that was indroduced to students in PHY216 Modern Physics and is suitable as a basis for further studies and research or teaching in physics, it will also be suitable for science students majoring in other areas. The subject begins by presenting students to the Schrodinger equation and its interpretation, the formalism of quantum mechanics and quantum mechanics in 3 dimensions. In the second half of the subject students will be introduced to more advanced quantum topics including quantum statistical mechanics, perturbation theory and other approximations, scattering theory, entanglement and quantum computing. 


+ Subject Availability Modes and Location
Session 2 

Distance  Wagga Wagga Campus 
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: PHY302
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Subject informationDuration  Grading System  School: 

One session  HD/FL  School of Dentistry and Health Sciences 


Assumed Knowledge
PHY101, PHY102, PHY216 and calculus based mathematics.



Learning OutcomesUpon successful completion of this subject, students should:
 be able to solve problems using Schrodinger's equation applied to simple potentials
 be able to describe and explain the wavefunction and evaluate its physical interpretation
 be able to describe and explain an understanding of quantum formalism
 be able to explain and apply the procedures used to solve Schrodinger's equation in spherically symmetric potentials
 be able to describe and apply the concepts of angular moment and spin and distinguish between them
 be able to analyse and apply quantum mechanics to systems of particles
 be able to solve problems using perturbation theory
 be able to describe the principles of scattering theory
 be able to describe quantum entanglement and appraise its application to quantum computing
 be able to solve conceptual and mathematical problems associated with the topics covered in Quantum Mechanics



SyllabusThe subject will cover the following topics:
 The wave function
 The timeindependent Schrodinger equation
 The formalism of quantum mechanics
 The application of quantum mechanics to three dimensional potentials
 The application of quantum mechanics to systems of particles
 Perturbation theory and other approximate methods
 Scattering theory
 Quantum entanglement and quantum computing



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The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.