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PHYSICS 3542 - Physics III

Career: Undergraduate
Units: 6
Term: Semester 1
Campus: North Terrace
Contact: Up to 9 hours per week
Available for Study Abroad and Exchange: Yes
Available for Non-Award Study: Yes
Pre-Requisite: PHYSICS 2510, PHYSICS 2534, MATHS 2102 or MATHS 2201, MATHS 2101 or MATHS 2202
Assumed Knowledge: PHYSICS 2532
Incompatible: PHYSICS 3001, PHYSICS 3018, PHYSICS 3004 & PHYSICS 3009
Assessment: Tests, assignments, written exam
Syllabus:

This course develops concepts in electromagnetism, quantum mechanics and statistical mechanics such that the behaviour of the physical universe can be understood from a fundamental point of view. Electromagnetism - electric field and scalar potential, magnetic field and vector potential, Maxwell's equations, electromagnetic boundary conditions, electromagnetic wave equation, waveguides, energy in electromagnetism. Electromagnetic wave propagation in vacuum, conducting and dielectric media, and at interfaces. Quantum mechanics - review of the Schrodinger equation, operators, eigenfunctions, compatible observables, infinite well in one and three dimensions, degeneracy; Fourier methods and momentum space; Hermiticity; scalar products of wave functions, completeness relations, matrix mechanics; harmonic oscillator in one and three dimensions; sudden approximation; central potentials, quantisation of angular momentum, separation of radial and angular variables, spherical harmonics, hydrogen atom, spin. Statistical mechanics - classical laws of thermodynamics and their application, postulates of statistical mechanics, statistical interpretation of thermodynamics, microcanonical, canonical and grand canonical ensembles; the methods of statistical mechanics are used to develop the statistics for Bose-Einstein, Fermi-Dirac and photon gases; selected topics from low temperature physics and electrical and thermal properties of matter are discussed.

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Units
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Amount
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Course Outline

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Critical Dates

Term Last Day to Add Online Census Date Last Day to WNF Last Day to WF
Semester 1 Tue 15/03/2022 Thu 24/03/2022 Fri 06/05/2022 Fri 10/06/2022


Class Details

Enrolment Class: Lecture
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
11512 LE01 70 8 28 Feb - 4 Apr Monday 10am - 11am Engineering Sth, S111, Teaching Room
28 Feb - 4 Apr Monday 12pm - 1pm Hughes, 309, Hughes Lecture Theatre
2 Mar - 6 Apr Wednesday 9am - 10am Engineering Sth, S111, Teaching Room
3 Mar - 7 Apr Thursday 9am - 10am Engineering Sth, S112, Teaching Room
3 Mar - 7 Apr Thursday 10am - 11am Engineering Sth, S112, Teaching Room
4 Mar - 8 Apr Friday 9am - 10am Engineering Sth, S111, Teaching Room
4 Mar - 8 Apr Friday 11am - 12pm Engineering Sth, S111, Teaching Room
25 Apr - 6 Jun Monday 10am - 11am Engineering Sth, S111, Teaching Room
25 Apr - 6 Jun Monday 12pm - 1pm Hughes, 309, Hughes Lecture Theatre
27 Apr - 8 Jun Wednesday 9am - 10am Engineering Sth, S111, Teaching Room
28 Apr - 9 Jun Thursday 9am - 10am Engineering Sth, S112, Teaching Room
28 Apr - 9 Jun Thursday 10am - 11am Engineering Sth, S112, Teaching Room
29 Apr - 10 Jun Friday 9am - 10am Engineering Sth, S111, Teaching Room
29 Apr - 10 Jun Friday 11am - 12pm Engineering Sth, S111, Teaching Room
Related Class: Workshop
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
10511 WR02 20 1 4 Mar - 25 Mar Friday 2pm - 3pm Lower Napier, LG24, Teaching Room
8 Mar - 5 Apr Tuesday 12pm - 1pm Lower Napier, LG24, Teaching Room
8 Apr - 8 Apr Friday 2pm - 3pm Lower Napier, LG24, Teaching Room
26 Apr - 7 Jun Tuesday 12pm - 1pm Lower Napier, LG24, Teaching Room
29 Apr - 10 Jun Friday 2pm - 3pm Lower Napier, LG24, Teaching Room
10512 WR01 25 FULL 4 Mar - 25 Mar Friday 1pm - 2pm Lower Napier, LG24, Teaching Room
9 Mar - 6 Apr Wednesday 11am - 12pm Lower Napier, LG24, Teaching Room
8 Apr - 8 Apr Friday 1pm - 2pm Lower Napier, LG24, Teaching Room
27 Apr - 8 Jun Wednesday 11am - 12pm Lower Napier, LG24, Teaching Room
29 Apr - 10 Jun Friday 1pm - 2pm Lower Napier, LG24, Teaching Room
14342 WR03 25 7 2 Mar - 6 Apr Wednesday 1pm - 2pm Lower Napier, LG24, Teaching Room
4 Mar - 25 Mar Friday 3pm - 4pm Lower Napier, LG24, Teaching Room
8 Apr - 8 Apr Friday 3pm - 4pm Lower Napier, LG24, Teaching Room
27 Apr - 8 Jun Wednesday 1pm - 2pm Lower Napier, LG24, Teaching Room
29 Apr - 10 Jun Friday 3pm - 4pm Lower Napier, LG24, Teaching Room