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Mathematical Physics
MajorYear: 2017
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 reallife 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.
Structure
50 credit points
Completion of 50 points of study at Level 3.
Subject Options
Both of
Code  Name  Study period  Credit Points 

PHYC30018  Quantum Physics  Semester 1 
12.5 
MAST30021  Complex Analysis 
Semester 1
Semester 2

12.5 
Plus one of
Code  Name  Study period  Credit Points 

PHYC30017  Statistical Physics  Semester 2 
12.5 
PHYC30016  Electrodynamics  Semester 1 
12.5 
Plus one of
Code  Name  Study period  Credit Points 

MAST30026  Metric and Hilbert Spaces  Semester 2 
12.5 
MAST30031  Methods of Mathematical Physics  Semester 2 
12.5 
Notes
PLEASE NOTE: This major will be undergoing a change to its third year Physics subjects in 2017. Students wishing to undertake this major who have only completed first year Physics subjects must complete PHYC20012 Thermal & Quantum Physics, PHYC20015 Special Relativity & Electromagnetism and PHYC20013 Labratory & Computational Physics 2 to be prepared for the major in 2017.
PHYC20009, PHYC20010 and PHYC20009 should only be taken in 2016 by students who have already complete one or more of these subjects.