PHYS501 Microscopic to Macroscopic Physics and Chemistry

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Updated: 18 May 2020
Credit Points 6
Offering
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is a supervised exam at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled. The exam will either be paper-based and offered at an established exam venue or online with supervision via webcam and screen sharing technology. Coordinated by UNE Exams Unit.
Pre-requisites candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions PHYS301 or PHYS301A
Notes None
Combined Units PHYS301 - Microscopic to Macroscopic Physics and Chemistry
Coordinator(s) Trevor Brown (tbrown3@une.edu.au)
Unit Description

The unit provides the basis for a solid understanding of the principles important to both chemists and physicists that determine fundamental atomic and molecular properties. It extends the molecular point of view to understand and predict macroscopic properties in terms of the microscopic properties of systems. Topics covered are: Symmetry and structure of molecules and crystals; Spectroscopy of atoms and molecules; Quantum mechanics and its application to model systems; Statistical thermodynamics and the connection between quantum mechanics and thermodynamics.

PHYS501 is based on the undergraduate unit with additional assessment and requires a greater level of understanding of the unit material.

Important Information

Where calculators are permitted in examinations, it must be selected from an approved list, which can be accessed from the Further Information link below.

Further information

Materials No text required
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment
Must
Complete
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Assessment 1 10%
Assessment Notes

Computational and calculation based assignments. The assignment component is mandatory and will count towards the final assessment of this unit.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Compulsory Assessment 2 10%
Assessment Notes

Computational and calculation based assignments. The assignment component is mandatory and will count towards the final assessment of this unit.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Compulsory Assessment 3 10%
Assessment Notes

Computational and calculation based assignments. The assignment component is mandatory and will count towards the final assessment of this unit.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Compulsory Assessment 4 10%
Assessment Notes

Computational and calculation based assignments. The assignment component is mandatory and will count towards the final assessment of this unit.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Compulsory Assessment 5 5%
Assessment Notes

Practical exercise which can be completed remotely.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Compulsory Assessment 6 5%
Assessment Notes

Practical exercise which can be completed remotely.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Compulsory Assessment 7 5%
Assessment Notes

Practical exercise which can be completed remotely.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Compulsory Assessment 8 5%
Assessment Notes

Practical exercise which can be completed remotely.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Compulsory Final Examination 2 hrs 15 mins 40%
Assessment Notes

It is mandatory to pass this component in order to pass this unit.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5


Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate an advanced and integrated knowledge and understanding of the physical basis for the properties of atoms and molecules on a level suitable as a basis for further study in the physical sciences;
  2. use specialist knowledge to solve complex numerical problems and/or numerical derivations in theoretical chemistry and physics;
  3. demonstrate autonomy in carrying out and interpreting complex experiments in theoretical chemistry and physics;
  4. critically evaluate the principles of theoretical chemistry and physics in order to calculate macroscopic properties from the individual molecules making up the system; and
  5. analyse critically the significance and interrelationships between and within the topics covered and will have the initiative and creativity to develop meaningful and complex experiments in theoretical chemistry and physics.