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# Mathematical Physics

MajorYear: 2017

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Mathematical Physics

## Contact information

### Coordinator

A/Professor Harry Quiney (School of Physics)

Professor Omar Foda (Department of Mathematics and Statistics)

**Email:** quiney@unimelb.edu.au

Email: omar.foda@unimelb.edu.au

## Overview

This major combines the overviews of the Physics and the Mathematics and Statistics majors.

## Intended learning outcomes

*Mathematical Physics Major Graduates should demonstrate:*

- mastery of a broad spectrum of mathematical methods and ability to use these methods to solve diverse problems in the physical as well as the engineering sciences;
- appreciation of the distinction between mathematics which is a science based on rigorous proofs and physics which is a science based on experimental results;
- ability to move back and forth between abstract mathematical concepts and concrete physical results, transferring ideas from one subject to the other;
- aptitude at modelling physical phenomena in mathematical terms, as well proposing physical realizations of mathematical results;
- ability to communicate abstract mathematical ideas to an audience with a heterogeneous background in the physical and engineering sciences as well as communicating real-life experimental results to mathematicians;
- intuition into applicability of mathematics in the real world and ability to extract a physical significance of mathematical facts;
- facility in successfully joining groups of researchers from diverse backgrounds including mathematicians as well as physicists and engineers.

Last updated: 11 February 2021