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Introduction to relativistic mechanics, including space-time transformations, dynamics and collisions of relativistic particles. Introduction to quantum physics, bringing out its applications, including wave-particle duality, one dimensional barriers and wells, electron spin, electron configuration of atoms, lasers, semiconductors and quantum dots.
Provide a thorough knowledge of relativistic dynamics and its application to various physicalsituations. Provide a conceptual understanding of the physical principles of quantummechanics, together with the technical understanding for applying these principles todetermine the quantitative properties of physical systems where quantum physics isapplicable.
Students will:Have mastered space-time transformations for reference frames travelling atrelativistic speeds.Have mastered techniques to calculate the dynamics of relativistic particles andcollisions between relativistic particles.Have acquired a conceptual understanding of the principles of quantummechanics and their implications for physical measurementsHave mastered the mathematical techniques used to solve theSchrodinger equation in simple situations, and quantitively describephysical observables in related systemsHave developed and be able to demonstrate competency to solve appropriatephysics problems in the concepts of the courseHave developed and be able to demonstrate writing and associatedcommunication skills.
(1) PHYS102 or(PHYS101 and CHEM211); (2) MATH102 orEMTH118. These prerequisites may be replaced by a high level of achievement in level 3 NCEA Physics and Mathematics with Calculus orother background approved by the Head of Department. RP: MATH103 orEMTH119.
MATH103 or EMTH119.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Serway, R A; Moses, C J; Moyer, C A;
2005 ((There are two copies on 3-hour loan in the Engineering and Physical Sciences Library.)).
French, Anthony P;
French, Anthony P. and Taylor, Edwin F;
An Introduction to Quantum Physics;
W.W. Norton, 1978.
Kittel, Charles et al.,;
McGraw-Hill, 1973 ((Berkeley Physics Course Vol 1),).
Krane, Kenneth S.,;
J. Wiley & Sons, 1996.
Thornton, Stephen T. and Rex, Andrew;
Modern Physics for Scientists and Engineers;
(Note: the last two books are very similar to Serway, Moses and Moyer)
General Course Information (PDF 163KB)
Domestic fee $900.00
International fee $4,250.00
* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.
For further information see
School of Physical & Chemical Sciences on the department and colleges page.