PHYSICS 2510 - Physics IIA
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2021
General Course Information
Course Code PHYSICS 2510 Course Physics IIA Coordinating Unit School of Physical Sciences Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 7 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites PHYSICS 1100 & PHYSICS 1200 & MATHS 1012 - Other students may apply to Head of Physics for exemption Corequisites MATHS 2102 or MATHS 2106. Other students may apply to Head of Physics for exemption Course Description This course provides an introduction to quantum mechanics and continues the development of practical problem solving using laboratory experiments. Quantum Mechanics - Wave mechanics with examples from atomic, sub-atomic and solid state physics. Photons, Compton scattering, de Broglie hypotheses, Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, probability distributions, probability density, plane waves, expectation values, operators, commutators, Schroedinger equation, energy quantisation, particle in a one dimensional box, eigenstates and degeneracy, measurement, probability flux, one-dimensional bound states and scattering, barrier penetration, harmonic oscillator, ladder operators, multi-particle states, indistinguishable particles, exclusion principle, magic numbers. Practical work includes laboratory experiments in instrumentation, general physics and modern physics.
Course Coordinator: Associate Professor James Zanotti
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1. discuss the non-deterministic nature of quantum physics; 2 demonstrate an understanding of wave-particle duality, i.e. the particle nature of light and the need for a wave treatment of particles; 3 define and discuss the concepts of a state, an observable, and a measurement in quantum mechanics; 4 solve simple quantum mechanical problems. 5 make appropriate decisions about the experimental uncertainty associated with every measurement, and analyse uncertainties correctly; 6 keep a scientific record of experimental work; 7 analyse the results of experiments and reach non-trivial conclusions about them; 8 make correct and appropriate use of a range of scientific equipment; 9 work effectively in a small team to complete a complex set of tasks; 10 communicate results orally and in writing
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1-8 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
1-8 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
9-10 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
5-8 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Serway, R.A., Moses, C.J. & Moyer, C.A. (2005) Modern Physics (3rd edition) (Thomson)
Griffiths, D.J. (2005) Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (2nd edition) (Prentice Hall)
Recommended ResourcesBernstein, J., Fishbane, P. M. and Gasiorowicz, S. (2000) Modern Physics (Prentice Hall)
MyUni: Teaching materials and course documentation will be posted on the MyUni website (http://myuni.adelaide.edu.au/).
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
This course will be delivered by the following means:
- 2 Lectures of 1 hour each per week for 12 weeks
- 1 Tutorial of 1 hour per week for 11 weeks
- 1 Practical of 4 hours per week for 11 weeks
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
A student enrolled in a 3 unit course, such as this, should expect to spend, on average 12 hours per week on the studies required. This includes both the formal contact time required to the course (e.g., lectures and practicals), as well as non-contact time (e.g., reading and revision).
Learning Activities Summary
The course content will include the following:
- Towards the particle properties of light
- Particles as waves
- Wave functions
- Expectation values
- Schroedinger’s equation
- Simple one-dimensional problems
- Expectation values and measurement
- General properties of the wave function
- Simple applications
- Multi-particle systems
- Magic numbers
Practical work (11 sessions)
Experiments, carried out in groups of two students, selected from:
- Particle counting statistics
- Alpha particles
- Gamma ray spectroscopy
- Natural radioactivity
- Low temperature behaviour of heat capacity
- Hydrogen and the solar spectrum
- Kater's pendulum
- Cavendish experiment
- Symmetry breaking (potential wells)
Small Group Discovery ExperienceThe Small Group Discovery Experience will be embedded in the Practicals
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment task Type of assessment Percentage of total assessment Hurdle
Yes or No #
Outcomes being assessed/achieved Practical work Formative & Summative 33% Yes 5-10 Tutorial preparation Formative & Summative min 5% - max 10% No 1 – 4, 10 Tests Formative & Summative min 10% - max 26% No 1 – 4, 10 Final exam Summative min 31% - max 52% Yes (40%) 1 – 4, 10
Assessment Related Requirements
To obtain a grade of Pass or better in this course, a student must maintain a suitable logbook for at least 10 practical sessions during the semester, attend the examination and achieve at least 40% in the final exam.
2 x 50 minute, closed book tests taken during the semester, which have a formative and summative role and address essential aspects of the learning objectives for Quantum Mechanics. Each test can contribute up to 13% to the final assessment; poor performance may be partly redeemed by superior performance in the final exam.
To maximise the benefit of tutorials, students are required to submit their answers before or at the tutorial. Assessment is based on effort rather than correctness; this task has a formative and summative role. It can contribute up to 10% to the final assessment; poor performance may be partly redeemed by superior performance in the final exam.
This summative assessment activity comprehensively addresses learning objectives 1 - 4 and 10.
Practical work (Practical achievement and practical reports)
Students work on an experiment until it is completed and they have an adequate report in their log book. Demonstrators provide formative assessment as the students are doing each experiment. Each student then selects one completed experiment and writes an extended lab report. The log book and report are assessed summatively. An opportunity to make-up a maximum of one missed practical session may be offered at the end of the semester.
Submission of Assigned Work
Coversheets must be completed and attached to all submitted work. Coversheets can be obtained from the School Office (room G33 Physics) or from MyUNI. Work should be submitted via the assignment drop box at the School Office.
Extensions for Assessment Tasks
Extensions of deadlines for assessment tasks may be allowed for reasonable causes. Such situations would include compassionate and medical grounds of the severity that would justify the awarding of a supplementary examination. Evidence for the grounds must be provided when an extension is requested. Students are required to apply for an extension to the Course Coordinator before the assessment task is due. Extensions will not be provided on the grounds of poor prioritising of time. The assessment extension application form can be obtained from: http://www.sciences.adelaide.edu.au/current/
Late submission of assessments
If an extension is not applied for, or not granted then a penalty for late submission will apply. A penalty of 10% of the value of the assignment for each calendar day that is late (i.e. weekends count as 2 days), up to a maximum of 50% of the available marks will be applied. This means that an assignment that is 5 days or more late without an approved extension can only receive a maximum of 50% of the mark.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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