FY1006 - Introduction to Quantum Physics

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Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Written examination 100/100 4 hours C

Course content

Introduction to quantum mechanics. The Schrödinger equation. Harmonic oscillator. Scattering in one dimension. Angular momentum. The hydrogen atom. Spin. Pauli's exclusion principle. Atomic structure. Bonding theory. The elements.

Learning outcome

The student is supposed to: — know the main features of the historical development of quantum mechanics, — master central concepts like operators, eigenfunctions, eigenvalues, and the Schrödinger equation, and know the role of these in quantum mechanics, — learn how this theory can be formulated in terms of a set of basic postulates and a number of central theorems, where notions like expansions in terms of eigenstates, stationary and non-stationary states, and compatible and non-compatible observables play central roles, — learn how to apply this formalism, first to simple one-dimensional systems like potential wells, the harmonic oscillator and scattering in one dimension, later to three-dimensional systems, in particular the hydrogen atom, - based on detailed knowledge of the hydrogen atom, acquire some understanding of the structure of heavier atoms and the periodic system, and also molecules and simple models of ionic and covalent bonding.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and exercises. Compulsory exercises. The re-sit examination (in August) may be changed from written to oral.

Compulsory assignments

  • Calculation exercises

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester, or that compulsory activities are approved in a previous semester.

Recommended previous knowledge

The course requires a fundamental knowledge of mechanics, electromagnetism and waves.

Required previous knowledge

No

Course materials

P. C. Hemmer: Kvantemekanikk, Tapir, 2000. (In Norwegian).
B.H. Bransden & C.J. Joachain: Quantum Mechanics, Prentice Hall, 2nd edition, 2000. Lecture notes. D. J. Griffiths, Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, 2nd endition.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
FY1004 7.5 2008.01.09
TFY4215 7.5 2008.01.09

Timetable

Examination

Examination arrangement: Written examination

Term Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Spring Written examination 100/100 C
* The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date.
If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.