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PHYS2003 Quantum Physics

Module Overview

After studying this course students should be able to explain the concept of quantum mechanical wave function and its basic properties, the Schrödinger equation, the concepts of operator, eigenstates and the significance of measurements, and describe the quantum behaviour of systems of many particles.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The aim of this course is to provide a systematic introduction to quantum mechanics. The material and skills learnt in this course will form the basis for most of the subsequent courses in Physics.

Learning Outcomes

Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Describe the quantum behaviour of a particle.
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Apply the Schrödinger equation in one dimensional simple situations
  • Sketch the solution for the Hydrogen atom
Cognitive Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Explain the concept of quantum mechanical wave function and its basic properties
  • Formulate the concepts of operator, eigenstates and the significance of measurements,

Syllabus

- Probability and probability amplitudes. - Wave functions and 1D Schrödinger equation. - Normalisation, expectation values, momentum and position. - Time independent Schrödinger equation: stationary states. The infinite square well, harmonic - Oscillator, free particle, delta function potential, finite square well. Tunnelling. - Formalism: operators, eigenstates, observables. - Schrödinger equation in 3D: angular momentum and spin. The Hydrogen atom

Learning and Teaching

TypeHours
Revision10
Completion of assessment task10
Wider reading or practice46
Follow-up work18
Lecture36
Preparation for scheduled sessions18
Tutorial12
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

DJ Griffiths. Introduction to Quantum Mechanics. 

AIM Rae. Quantum Mechanics. 

K Tamvakis. Problems and solutions in Quantum Mechanics. 

PCW Davies & DS Betts. Quantum Mechanics. 

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

Weekly course work will be set and assessed in the normal way, but only the best ‘n-2’ attempts will contribute to the final coursework mark. Here n = the number of course work items issued during that Semester. As an example, if you are set 10 sets of course work across a Semester, the best 8 of those will be counted. In an instance where a student may miss submitting one or two sets of course work, those sets will not be counted. Students will however, still be required to submit Self Certification forms on time for all excused absences, as you may ultimately end up missing 3+ sets of course work through illness, for example. The submitted Self Certification forms may be considered as evidence for potential Special Considerations requests. In the event that a third (or higher) set of course work is missed, students will be required to go through the Special Considerations procedures in order to request mitigation for that set. Please note that documentary evidence will normally be required before these can be considered. Referral Method: By examination, the final mark will be calculated both with and without the coursework assessment mark carried forward, and the higher result taken.

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (2 hours) 80%
Problem Sheets 20%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework marks carried forward %
Examination %

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Pre-requisites: PHYS1011 and MATH1006 and MATH1007

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