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Mathematical Physics

MajorYear: 2017

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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.

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.

Last updated: 3 October 2019