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# Mathematical Physics

MajorYear: 2023

Mathematical Physics

## Contact information

### Coordinator

Associate Professor Matthew Dolan

**Email:** matthew.dolan@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 (D-MATHSC).

## 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 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: 27 January 2023