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Mathematical Physics
MajorYear: 2022
Mathematical Physics
Contact information
Coordinator
Associate Professor Michele Trenti (School of Physics)
Dr Thomas Quella (School of Mathematics and Statistics)
Email: michele.trenti@unimelb.edu.au
Email: thomas.quella@unimelb.edu.au
Overview
This major combines the overviews of the Physics and the Mathematics and Statistics majors.
NOTE  Students undertaking this major may not be concurrently admitted to the Diploma in Mathematical Sciences (DMATHSC).
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this major, students should be able to 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: 6 April 2022
Structure
50 credit points
All of
Code  Name  Study period  Credit Points 

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

12.5 
AND
One of
Code  Name  Study period  Credit Points 

PHYC30016  Electrodynamics  Semester 1 
12.5 
PHYC30017  Statistical Physics  Semester 2 
12.5 
AND
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 
Last updated: 6 April 2022