Quantum and Thermal Physics
University of Melbourne
Area of Study
Taught In English
PHYC10001 Physics 1: Advanced
PHYC10003 Physics 1
PHYC10005 Physics 1: Fundamentals
And One of
PHYC10002 Physics 2: Advanced
PHYC10004 Physics 2: Physical Science & Technology
PHYC10006 Physics 2: Life Sciences & Environment
And One of
MAST10006 Calculus 2
MAST10009 Accelerated Mathematics 2
And One of (may be taken concurrently)
MAST10007 Linear Algebra
MAST10008 Accelerated Mathematics 1
Course Level Recommendations
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Host University Units12.5
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3 - 4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4 - 6
Hours & Credits
This subject surveys the foundations of Thermal Physics and Classical Mechanics and develops the fundamental principles of Quantum Mechanics. Topics in Thermal Physics include the kinetic theory of gases, the classical laws of thermodynamics, temperature, work, heat, chemical thermodynamics and chemical potential, heat engines, refrigerators, Gibbs and Helmholtz free energies and phase changes. Topics in Classical Mechanics include a review of Newton’s Laws, the Principle of Least Action, Lagrange’s equations, Hamilton’s equations and the Legendre transform. These principles will be illustrated by application to the simple harmonic oscillator. Topics in Quantum Physics include the inadequacies of Classical Physics, matter waves and quantum behaviour, one-dimensional quantum systems, expectation values, observables, operators, quantum tunnelling, and the quantization of three-dimensional systems.
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.