FY2045 - Quantum Mechanics I


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

Review of fundamental principles in quantum mechanics. General formulation of quantum mechanics, including Dirac's bra-ket notation and the harmonic oscillator. Angular momentum: spin, orbital angular momentum and addition of angular momenta. Identical particles: ideal Fermi gas and ideal Bose gas; Fermi-Dirac and Maxwell-Boltzmann distributions; atoms and solids. Perturbation theory.

Learning outcome

Upon completion of this course, the student should:
i) master the central aspects of basic quantum mechanics: basic postulates and central theorems, eigenfunctions and eigenvalues, expansions in terms of eigenfunctions, stationary and non-stationary states, square-well potential, harmonic oscillator, the hydrogen atom,
ii) have learned how to use the Dirac formalism, and how to apply operator algebra to quantize angular momentum and the harmonic oscillator,
iii) be familiar with spin formalism and addition of angular momenta,
iv) comprehend the theory and the implications of identical particles, especially ideal Fermi and Bose gases,
v) understand the main concepts of perturbation theory.

In addition, the student should learn how computational physics can help solve and understand quantum-mechanical problems.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and compulsory exercises. Computational physics components may be included in the lectures and the homework assignments.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

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

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

1) D. J. Griffiths: Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, Pearson, 2005. (This book will be used mainly.)
2) P. C. Hemmer: Kvantemekanikk, Tapir, 2005. (In Norwegian; this book will be used for review and the general formulation of quantum mechanics.)
3) Lecture notes, including numerical codes.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
MNFFY245 7.5
TFY4250 7.5 2007-09-01


Detailed timetable


Examination arrangement: Written examination

Term Statuskode Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Autumn ORD Written examination 100/100 C 2017-12-14 09:00
  • * 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.