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## What will I study?

### Overview

Learn about matter and energy and their fascinating interactions, which occur on all scales.

This major will integrate knowledge from physics and mathematics to give you the tools you need to think critically about the world around you and how it works.

Within this major you can choose to specialise in **Physics** or **Chemical Physics**.

#### Your major structure

You’ll complete this major as part of a Bachelor of Science degree.

In your **first** and **second** years you will complete subjects that are prerequisites for your major, including mathematics and physics subjects.

In your **third year**, you will complete 50 points (four subjects) of study that is deep and specialised study in physics.

Throughout your degree you will also take science elective subjects and breadth (non-science) subjects, in addition to your major subjects and prerequisites.

### Sample course plan

View some sample course plans to help you select subjects that will meet the requirements for this major.

#### Sample course plan - Physics

#### KEY

- Major core prerequisite
- Science elective
- Breadth
- Breadth/Science elective
- Major core
- Major elective

These samples study plans assume that you have undertaken VCE Physics 3/4 and achieved a study score of at least 29 in VCE Specialist Mathematics 3/4, or equivalent. If you have not completed this previously, you may first need to enrol in PHYC10005 Physics 1: Fundamentals and/or MAST10005 Calculus 1 in your first semester.

Year 1

Total

100 Points

Semester 1

50 Points

- Major core prer...
##### PHYC10003 Physics 1

12.5 Points

- Major core prer...
##### MAST10006 Calculus 2

12.5 Points

- Science electiv...
12.5 Points

- Breadth
12.5 Points

- Major core prer...
Semester 2

50 Points

- Major core prer...
##### PHYC10004 Physics 2: Physical Science & Technology

12.5 Points

- Major core prer...
##### MAST10007 Linear Algebra

12.5 Points

- Science electiv...
12.5 Points

- Breadth
12.5 Points

- Major core prer...

Year 2

Total

100 Points

Semester 1

50 Points

- Major core prer...
##### PHYC20012 Quantum and Thermal Physics

12.5 Points

- Major core prer...
##### PHYC20013 Laboratory and Computational Physics 2

12.5 Points

- Major core prer...
##### MAST20009 Vector Calculus

12.5 Points

- Breadth/Science...
12.5 Points

- Major core prer...
Semester 2

50 Points

- Major core prer...
##### PHYC20015 Special Relativity and Electromagnetism

12.5 Points

- Major core prer...
##### MAST20030 Differential Equations

12.5 Points

- Science electiv...
12.5 Points

- Breadth
12.5 Points

- Major core prer...

Year 3

Total

100 Points

Semester 1

50 Points

- Major core
##### PHYC30018 Quantum Physics

12.5 Points

- Major core
##### PHYC30021 Laboratory and Computational Physics 3

12.5 Points

- Science electiv...
12.5 Points

- Breadth/Science...
12.5 Points

- Major core
Semester 2

50 Points

- Major elective
##### PHYC30017 Statistical Physics

12.5 Points

- Major elective
##### PHYC30011 Sub-atomic Physics

12.5 Points

- Science electiv...
12.5 Points

- Breadth
12.5 Points

- Major elective

#### Sample course plan - Chemical Physics

#### KEY

- Major core prerequisite
- Breadth
- Major core
- Major elective
- Science elective
- Breadth/Science elective

These samples study plans assume that you have undertaken VCE Physics 3/4 and achieved a study score of at least 29 in VCE Specialist Mathematics 3/4, or equivalent. If you have not completed this previously, you may first need to enrol in PHYC10005 Physics 1: Fundamentals and/or MAST10005 Calculus 1 in your first semester.

Year 1

Total

100 Points

Semester 1

50 Points

- Major core prer...
##### PHYC10003 Physics 1

12.5 Points

- Major core prer...
##### MAST10006 Calculus 2

12.5 Points

- Major core prer...
##### CHEM10003 Chemistry 1

12.5 Points

- Breadth
12.5 Points

- Major core prer...
Semester 2

50 Points

- Major core prer...
##### PHYC10004 Physics 2: Physical Science & Technology

12.5 Points

- Major core prer...
##### MAST10007 Linear Algebra

12.5 Points

- Major core prer...
##### CHEM10004 Chemistry 2

12.5 Points

- Breadth
12.5 Points

- Major core prer...

Year 2

Total

100 Points

Semester 1

50 Points

- Major core prer...
##### PHYC20012 Quantum and Thermal Physics

12.5 Points

- Major core prer...
##### PHYC20013 Laboratory and Computational Physics 2

12.5 Points

- Major core prer...
##### MAST20009 Vector Calculus

12.5 Points

- Major core prer...
##### CHEM20018 Chemistry: Reactions and Synthesis

12.5 Points

- Major core prer...
Semester 2

50 Points

- Major core prer...
##### PHYC20015 Special Relativity and Electromagnetism

12.5 Points

- Major core prer...
##### MAST20030 Differential Equations

12.5 Points

- Major core prer...
##### CHEM20020 Chemistry: Structure and Properties

12.5 Points

- Breadth
12.5 Points

- Major core prer...

Year 3

Total

100 Points

Semester 1

50 Points

- Major core
##### PHYC30018 Quantum Physics

12.5 Points

- Major core
##### CHEM30016 Reactivity and Mechanism

12.5 Points

- Major elective
##### PHYC30016 Electrodynamics

12.5 Points

- Breadth
12.5 Points

- Major core
Semester 2

50 Points

- Major elective
##### CHEM30014 Specialised Topics in Chemistry B

12.5 Points

- Science electiv...
12.5 Points

- Science electiv...
12.5 Points

- Breadth/Science...
12.5 Points

- Major elective

#### Sample course plan - Physics: mid-year entry

#### KEY

- Major core prerequisite
- Science elective
- Breadth
- Breadth/Science elective
- Major core
- Major elective

These samples study plans assume that you have undertaken VCE Physics 3/4 and achieved a study score of at least 29 in VCE Specialist Mathematics 3/4, or equivalent. If you have not completed this previously, you may first need to enrol in PHYC10005 Physics 1: Fundamentals and/or MAST10005 Calculus 1 in your first semester.

Year 1

Total

112.5 Points

Semester 2

50 Points

- Major core prer...
##### PHYC10004 Physics 2: Physical Science & Technology

12.5 Points

- Major core prer...
##### MAST10006 Calculus 2

12.5 Points

- Science electiv...
12.5 Points

- Breadth
12.5 Points

- Major core prer...
Summer

12.5 Points

- Major core prer...
##### MAST10007 Linear Algebra

12.5 Points

- Major core prer...
Semester 1

50 Points

- Major core prer...
##### PHYC10003 Physics 1

12.5 Points

- Major core prer...
##### MAST20009 Vector Calculus

12.5 Points

- Science electiv...
12.5 Points

- Breadth
12.5 Points

- Major core prer...

Year 2

Total

100 Points

Semester 2

50 Points

- Major core prer...
##### MAST20030 Differential Equations

12.5 Points

- Major core prer...
##### PHYC20015 Special Relativity and Electromagnetism

12.5 Points

- Science electiv...
12.5 Points

- Breadth/Science...
12.5 Points

- Major core prer...
Semester 1

50 Points

- Major core prer...
##### PHYC20013 Laboratory and Computational Physics 2

12.5 Points

- Major core prer...
##### PHYC20012 Quantum and Thermal Physics

12.5 Points

- Science electiv...
12.5 Points

- Breadth
12.5 Points

- Major core prer...

Year 3

Total

100 Points

Semester 2

50 Points

- Major core
##### PHYC30021 Laboratory and Computational Physics 3

12.5 Points

- Major elective
##### PHYC30017 Statistical Physics

12.5 Points

- Science electiv...
12.5 Points

- Breadth/Science...
12.5 Points

- Major core
Semester 1

50 Points

- Major core
##### PHYC30018 Quantum Physics

12.5 Points

- Major elective
##### PHYC30019 Astrophysics

12.5 Points

- Science electiv...
12.5 Points

- Breadth
12.5 Points

- Major core

#### Sample course plan - Chemical Physics: mid-year entry

#### KEY

- Major core prerequisite
- Breadth
- Science elective
- Major elective
- Major elective prerequisite
- Major core
- Breadth/Science elective

Year 1

Total

112.5 Points

Semester 2

50 Points

- Major core prer...
##### PHYC10004 Physics 2: Physical Science & Technology

12.5 Points

- Major core prer...
##### MAST10006 Calculus 2

12.5 Points

- Major core prer...
##### CHEM10003 Chemistry 1

12.5 Points

- Breadth
12.5 Points

- Major core prer...
Summer

12.5 Points

- Major core prer...
##### CHEM10004 Chemistry 2

12.5 Points

- Major core prer...
Semester 1

50 Points

- Major core prer...
##### PHYC10003 Physics 1

12.5 Points

- Major core prer...
##### MAST10007 Linear Algebra

12.5 Points

- Science electiv...
12.5 Points

- Breadth
12.5 Points

- Major core prer...

Year 2

Total

100 Points

Semester 2

50 Points

- Major core prer...
##### PHYC20015 Special Relativity and Electromagnetism

12.5 Points

- Major core prer...
##### MAST20009 Vector Calculus

12.5 Points

- Major core prer...
##### CHEM20020 Chemistry: Structure and Properties

12.5 Points

- Breadth
12.5 Points

- Major core prer...
Semester 1

50 Points

- Major core prer...
##### PHYC20012 Quantum and Thermal Physics

12.5 Points

- Major core prer...
##### CHEM20018 Chemistry: Reactions and Synthesis

12.5 Points

- Major core prer...
##### PHYC20013 Laboratory and Computational Physics 2

12.5 Points

- Major core prer...
##### MAST20026 Real Analysis

12.5 Points

- Major core prer...

Year 3

Total

100 Points

Semester 2

50 Points

- Major elective
##### PHYC30017 Statistical Physics

12.5 Points

- Major elective ...
##### CHEM20019 Practical Chemistry 2

12.5 Points

- Science electiv...
12.5 Points

- Breadth
12.5 Points

- Major elective
Semester 1

50 Points

- Major core
##### PHYC30018 Quantum Physics

12.5 Points

- Major core
##### CHEM30016 Reactivity and Mechanism

12.5 Points

- Major elective
##### CHEM30015 Advanced Practical Chemistry

12.5 Points

- Breadth/Science...
12.5 Points

- Major core

### Explore this major

Explore the subjects you could choose as part of this major.

### Core

- Quantum Physics12.5
### Quantum Physics

Quantum mechanics plays a central role in our understanding of fundamental phenomena, primarily in the microscopic domain. It lays the foundation for an understanding of atomic, molecular, condensed matter, nuclear and particle physics.

Topics covered include:

- the basic principles of quantum mechanics (probability interpretation; Schrödinger equation; Hermitian operators, eigenstates and observables; symmetrisation, antisymmetrisation and the Pauli exclusion principle; entanglement)
- wave packets, Fourier transforms and momentum space
- eigenvalue spectra and delta-function normalisation
- Heisenberg uncertainty principle
- matrix theory of spin
- the Hilbert space or state vector formation using Dirac bra-ket notation
- the harmonic oscillator
- the quantisation of angular momentum and the central force problem including the hydrogen atom
- approximation techniques including perturbation theory and the variational method
- applications to atomic and other systems.

- Reactivity and Mechanism12.5
### Reactivity and Mechanism

The concepts of quantum chemistry, statistical mechanics, molecular interactions and reaction kinetics will lay the fundamentals for the discussion of chemical reactions involving various types of reactive intermediates. The application of molecular orbital theory will be used to understand the nature of pericyclic reactions and the concept of coordination in main group (including carbon) and transition metal elements. An investigation of inorganic reaction mechanisms will focus on transformations involving coordination and organometallic complexes of d-block metals. Discussion of synthetic aspects will cover methods for carbon-carbon bond formation and functional group transformations, as well as principles of catalysis involving transition metal complexes and their chemistry in synthetic and biological systems.

##### You must also complete one of:

- Electrodynamics12.5
### Electrodynamics

This subject provides an introduction to electrodynamics and a wide range of applications including communications, superconductors, plasmas, novel materials, photonics and astrophysics. Topics include: revision of Maxwell’s equations, strategies for solving boundary value problems for static and time-varying fields, electromagnetic fields in materials (including dielectrics, magnetic materials, conductors, plasmas and metamaterials), electromagnetic waves, derivation of geometric optics from Maxwell’s equations, guided waves, relativistic electrodynamics and the covariant formulation of electrodynamics, radiation by antennas and accelerating charged particles.

- Statistical Physics12.5
### Statistical Physics

Statistical mechanics, the microscopic basis of classical thermodynamics, is developed in this subject. It is one of the core areas of physics, finding wide application in solid state physics, astrophysics, plasma physics and cosmology.

Using fundamental ideas from quantum physics, a systematic treatment of statistical mechanics is developed for systems in equilibrium. The content of this subject includes ensembles and the basic postulate; the statistical basis of the second and third laws of thermodynamics; canonical, micro-canonical and grand-canonical ensembles and associated statistical and thermodynamic functions; ideal quantum gases; black body radiation; the classical limit and an introduction to real gases and applications to solid state physics.

### Electives

- Specialised Topics in Chemistry B12.5
### Specialised Topics in Chemistry B

This subject provides a series of specialised modules in the areas of organic, inorganic and physical chemistry.

Students choose three modules from the following selection of topics. Each module consists of 12 lectures.

- Physical Organic Chemistry,
- Methods in Organic Synthesis,
- Quantum Mechanics in Chemistry,
- Computational Chemistry,
- Supramolecular and Structural Inorganic Chemistry
- Metal Ions in Biology and Medicine

- Advanced Practical Chemistry12.5
### Advanced Practical Chemistry

This subject will build on the experience gained in second year practical chemistry through the synthesis and characterisation of complex molecules, the acquisition and interpretation of advanced spectroscopic and physical data and the investigation of chemical systems through computational techniques. It consists of a series of laboratory-based experiments aimed at developing skills in the synthesis, safe handling and analysis of chemical substances of a range of different classes of compounds; an understanding of modern characterisation techniques (e.g. chromatography, atomic and molecular spectroscopy); and the operation of instrumentation for the acquisition of kinetic, structural and thermodynamic data.

A component of this subject will also involve the development of skills in independent practical work through the design and implementation of experimental procedures and techniques, and data interpretation. The subject will also provide opportunities for the development of scientific writing and presentation skills, problem solving and small group collaboration, while introducing resources and software commonly used within chemical research fields (i.e. scientific databases, chemical drawing software, molecular modelling & optimisation, etc).

In addition to increased proficiency in standard techniques, this subject provides an introduction into research-based chemistry through integrated and themed experiments. It will provide skill development in a range of techniques utilised in the modern chemistry laboratory.

The subject provides experience across multiple traditional chemical disciplines whilst highlighting the importance of these disciplines in diverse 'real world' applications such as materials science and medicinal chemistry.

- Laboratory and Computational Physics 312.5
### Laboratory and Computational Physics 3

The subject offers a range of projects in modules that offer experience in laboratory techniques and computational methods; the relative weights are indicated in the module descriptions. Students must select four projects with a combined weighting that contains at least 25% Computational Physics and 25% Laboratory Physics. The laboratory projects include nuclear physics, particle physics, diffraction, electronics, atomic physics, optical physics and astronomy. The computational projects are designed to develop programming skills and to introduce a range of numerical methods commonly used in physics research will be based on model problems in physics; these may include electronic structure theory, molecular vibrations, stellar structure, quantum spin systems, large-scale magnetic systems and gravitational lensing by point masses. Some projects may be offered that merge laboratory and computational work with approximately equal weighting.