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PHY3305 Quantum Mechanics

Semester 1, 2020 Online
Short Description: Quantum Mechanics
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Sciences
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 010301 - Physics
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Alfio Parisi


Pre-requisite: PHY3303

Other requisites

Assumed knowledge: MAT2100 or ENM2600


This course forms a mandatory coursework component for the Bachelor of Science (Astronomical and Space Sciences). This course is an extension to the quantum physics concepts covered in PHY3303 - Modern Physics and will involve deeper analysis into quantum concepts. The quantum mechanics presented in this course provides important knowledge and skills for those intending to pursue careers in physics, astronomy and research.


This course extends the quantum concepts studied in PHY3303 Modern Physics. The course aims to introduce specific techniques and notations to analyse and increase comprehension of quantum mechanics, including the matrix and Dirac notation of Hilbert space, the time independent and dependent solutions of the Schrodinger equation for different energy potentials and how to utilise these solutions for the modelling of energy potentials within the atom, the theoretical modelling of tunnelling and its implications, the theoretical development of the Zeeman effect, and the implications of the quantum modelling of the hydrogen atom and how it relates to the rest of the Periodic Table.


On completion of this course students will should be able to:

  1. Explain, interpret and analyse key concepts in quantum theory;
  2. Evaluate and apply quantitative methods and techniques to solve problems in quantum mechanics;
  3. Analyse data derived from measurement with quantum technology;
  4. Communicate solutions to a range of quantum mechanics problems.


Description Weighting(%)
1. The wave function and mathematical formalism 12.00
2. Time-independent Schrodinger equation 13.00
3. Three dimensional quantum mechanical formalism 20.00
4. Identical particles 11.00
5. Perturbation theory 11.00
6. The Variational Principle, the WKB and Adiabatic Approximation 11.00
7. Tunnelling 10.00
8. Applications and developments of quantum physics 12.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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Griffiths, D.J, Schroeter,D.F 2018, Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, 3rd edn, Cambridge University Press.
(2018 ISBN: 9781316995433

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Eisberg, R. & Resnick, R 1985, Quantum Physics: Of atoms, molecules, solids, nuclei and particles, 2nd edn, John Wiley & Sons, New York.
Feynman, R.P., Leighton, R.B. & Sands, M 2010, The Feynman Lectures on Physics, The New Millennium Edition, Vol. II: Mainly electromagnetism and matter, Basic Books, New York.
(Available online at
Feynman, R.P., Leighton, R.B. & Sands, M 2010, The Feynman Lectures on Physics, The New Millennium Edition, Vol. III: Quantum mechanics, Basic Books, New York.
(Available online at
Orzel, C 2010, How to Teach Quantum Physics to Your Dog, Oneworld Publications, London.
Susskind, L. & Friedman, A 2014, Quantum Mechanics: The Theoretical Minimum, Basic Books, New York.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 26.00
Directed Study 41.00
Online Lectures 24.00
Online Tutorials 24.00
Private Study 50.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Assessment 1 25 25 01 Apr 2020
Assessment 2 25 25 13 May 2020
Take Home Exam 50 50 End S1 (see note 1)

  1. This will be an open examination. Students will be provided further instruction regarding the exam by their course examiner via StudyDesk. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the official examination timetable has been released.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S1 2020 are: To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item.

    Requirements after S1 2020:
    To satisfactorily complete an assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks available.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S1 2020 are: To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

    Requirements after S1 2020:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course (i.e. the Primary Hurdle), and have satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), i.e. the end of semester examination by achieving at least 40% of the weighted marks available for that assessment item.

    Supplementary assessment may be offered where a student has undertaken all of the required summative assessment items and has passed the Primary Hurdle but failed to satisfy the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), or has satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised) but failed to achieve a passing Final Grade by 5% or less of the total weighted Marks.

    To be awarded a passing grade for a supplementary assessment item (if applicable), a student must achieve at least 50% of the available marks for the supplementary assessment item as per the Assessment Procedure (point 4.4.2).

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative items for the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S1 2020 are: An Open Examination is one in which candidates may have access to any printed or written material and a calculator during the examination

    Requirements after S1 2020:
    RESTRICTED: Candidates are allowed access only to specific materials during a Restricted Examination. The only materials that candidates may use in the restricted examination for this course are:
    1. writing materials (non-electronic and free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination);
    2. calculators which cannot hold textual information
    3. Students whose first language is not English, may, take an appropriate unmarked non electronic translation dictionary (but not technical dictionary) into the examination. Dictionaries with any handwritten notes will not be permitted. Translation dictionaries will be subject to perusal and may be removed from the candidate's possession until appropriate disciplinary action is completed if found to contain material that could give the candidate an unfair advantage.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S1 2020 are: The details regarding deferred/supplementary examinations will be communicated at a later date

    Requirements after S1 2020:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Referencing in assignments must comply with the Harvard (AGPS) referencing system. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (APGS) style to be used is defined by the USQ library’s referencing guide. This guide can be found at

Date printed 19 June 2020