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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.
Last updated: 29 October 2019
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: 29 October 2019