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PHYSICS 3542 - Physics III
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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 Mon 16/03/2020 Thu 26/03/2020 Fri 08/05/2020 Fri 12/06/2020


Class Details

Enrolment Class: Lecture
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
11543 LE01 70 70 2 Mar - 2 Mar Monday 11am - 12pm Napier, G03, Lecture Theatre
2 Mar - 2 Mar Monday 1pm - 2pm Badger, G31, Macbeth Lecture Theatre
2 Mar - 6 Apr Monday 9am - 10am Lower Napier, LG29, Lecture Theatre
3 Mar - 7 Apr Tuesday 12pm - 1pm Badger, G31, Macbeth Lecture Theatre
5 Mar - 9 Apr Thursday 1pm - 2pm Badger, G31, Macbeth Lecture Theatre
6 Mar - 10 Apr Friday 11am - 12pm Napier, G03, Lecture Theatre
6 Mar - 10 Apr Friday 2pm - 3pm Badger, G31, Macbeth Lecture Theatre
16 Mar - 6 Apr Monday 11am - 12pm Napier, G03, Lecture Theatre
16 Mar - 6 Apr Monday 1pm - 2pm Badger, G31, Macbeth Lecture Theatre
27 Apr - 1 Jun Monday 11am - 12pm Napier, G03, Lecture Theatre
27 Apr - 1 Jun Monday 1pm - 2pm Badger, G31, Macbeth Lecture Theatre
27 Apr - 8 Jun Monday 9am - 10am Lower Napier, LG29, Lecture Theatre
28 Apr - 9 Jun Tuesday 12pm - 1pm Badger, G31, Macbeth Lecture Theatre
30 Apr - 11 Jun Thursday 1pm - 2pm Badger, G31, Macbeth Lecture Theatre
1 May - 12 Jun Friday 11am - 12pm Napier, G03, Lecture Theatre
1 May - 12 Jun Friday 2pm - 3pm Badger, G31, Macbeth Lecture Theatre
Related Class: Workshop
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
10590 WR02 35 35 11 Mar - 8 Apr Wednesday 2pm - 3pm Badger, LG17, Teaching Room
13 Mar - 10 Apr Friday 1pm - 2pm Lower Napier, LG24, Teaching Room
29 Apr - 10 Jun Wednesday 2pm - 3pm Badger, LG17, Teaching Room
1 May - 12 Jun Friday 1pm - 2pm Lower Napier, LG24, Teaching Room
10591 WR01 35 35 11 Mar - 8 Apr Wednesday 3pm - 4pm Badger, LG17, Teaching Room
12 Mar - 9 Apr Thursday 11am - 12pm Lower Napier, LG24, Teaching Room
29 Apr - 10 Jun Wednesday 3pm - 4pm Badger, LG17, Teaching Room
30 Apr - 11 Jun Thursday 11am - 12pm Lower Napier, LG24, Teaching Room