Mathematics and Statistics with Physics and the Physical Sciences, Major in Mathematical Physics

Mathematics and Statistics are a core part of any major studies in the physical sciences. Indeed a Physics or Meteorology major requires first and second year mathematics subjects. Students who are particularly interested in Mathematics and Statistics and the physical sciences may choose to

  • do mathematics and statistics subjects that complement their physical sciences major or
  • choose to major in an area of the physical sciences in the Bachelor Science and also major in Mathematics and Statistics by enrolling in a Diploma of Mathematical Sciences. or
  • major in Mathematical Physics.

Here we give course plans for a major in Mathematical Physics. The recommended subjects complement a major in the Physical Sciences.

MAST10005 Calculus 1 Stream
For students with no (or ≤ 29 in ) VCE Specialist Mathematics or equivalent
MAST10006 Calculus 2 Stream
For students with 29 to 39 in VCE Specialist Mathematics or equivalent
Accelerated Mathematics Stream
For students with ≥38 in VCE Specialist Mathematics or equivalent

 

MAST10005 Calculus 1 Stream (For students with no (or ≤ 29 in ) VCE Specialist Mathematics)

  Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3 Semester 4** Semester 5 Semester 6**
Mathematics Subjects MAST10005 Calculus 1 MAST10006 Calculus 2
and
MAST10007 Linear Algebra
MAST20026 Real Analysis
and
MAST20009 Vector Calculus
MAST20022 Group Theory and Linear Algebra
or
MAST20030 Differential Equations
MAST30021 Complex Analysis

MAST30026 Metric and Hilbert Spaces
or
MAST30031 Methods of Mathematical Physics

Optional Mathematics Subjects (not part of major)         MAST30005 Algebra
MAST30024 Geometry
or
MAST30028 Numerical Methods & Scientific Computing
Physics Subjects Physics 1 Physics 2 Quantum & Thermal Physics †
Special Relativity & Electromagnetism
and
Laboratory & Computational Physics 2 †
Quantum Physics
plus one of
Statistical Physics or Electrodynamics

**MAST20022 Group Theory and Linear Algebra and MAST30026 Metric and Hilbert Spaces are suitable for students interested in theoretical physics while MAST20030 Differential Equations and MAST30031 Methods of Mathematical Physics are suitable for applied physics.

† Students who completed some level-2 physics subjects before 2016 should seek course advice from the School of Physics due to changes in the physics level-2 subjects.

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MAST10006 Calculus 2 Stream (For students with 29 to 39 in VCE Specialist Mathematics)

  Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3 Semester 4** Semester 5 Semester 6**
Mathematics Subjects MAST10006 Calculus 2 MAST10007 Linear Algebra MAST20026 Real Analysis
and
MAST20009 Vector Calculus
MAST20022 Group Theory and Linear Algebra
or
MAST20030 Differential Equations
MAST30021 Complex Analysis

MAST30026 Metric and Hilbert Spaces
or
MAST30031 Methods of Mathematical Physics

Optional Mathematics Subjects (not part of major)         MAST30005 Algebra
MAST30024 Geometry
or
MAST30028 Numerical Methods & Scientific Computing
Physics Subjects Physics 1 Physics 2 Quantum & Thermal Physics †
Special Relativity & Electromagnetism
and
Laboratory & Computational Physics 2 †
Quantum Physics
plus one of
Statistical Physics or Electrodynamics

**MAST20022 Group Theory and Linear Algebra and MAST30026 Metric and Hilbert Spaces are suitable for students interested in theoretical physics while MAST20030 Differential Equations and Applied Mathematics Subject are suitable for applied physics.

† Students who completed some level-2 physics subjects before 2016 should seek course advice from the School of Physics due to changes in the physics level-2 subjects.

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Accelerated Mathematics Stream (For students with ≥ 38 in VCE Specialist Mathematics)

  Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3 Semester 4** Semester 5 Semester 6**
Mathematics Subjects MAST10008 Accelerated Mathematics 1 MAST10009 Accelerated Mathematics 2 MAST20009 Vector Calculus MAST20022 Group Theory and Linear Algebra
or
MAST20030 Differential Equations
MAST30021 Complex Analysis

MAST30026 Metric and Hilbert Spaces
or
MAST30031 Methods of Mathematical Physics

Optional Mathematics Subjects (not part of major)         MAST30005 Algebra
MAST30024 Geometry
or
MAST30028 Numerical Methods & Scientific Computing
Physics Subjects Physics 1 Physics 2 Quantum & Thermal Physics †
Special Relativity & Electromagnetism
and
Laboratory & Computational Physics 2 †
Quantum Physics
plus one of
Statistical Physics or Electrodynamics

**MAST20022 Group Theory and Linear Algebra and MAST30026 Metric and Hilbert Spaces are suitable for students interested in theoretical physics while MAST20030 Differential Equations and Applied Mathematics Subject are suitable for applied physics.

† Students who completed some level-2 physics subjects before 2016 should seek course advice from the School of Physics due to changes in the physics level-2 subjects.


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