FY2045 - Quantum Mechanics I


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 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; atoms and solids. Variational methods. 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. The student's expected work load in the course is 225 hours.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

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

Course materials

1) D. J. Griffiths: Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, Pearson, 2005, or Cambridge, 2018. (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 AUTUMN 2007

Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Physics
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Physics


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 C 2023-12-21 15:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL520 Sluppenvegen 14 3
SL410 blå sone Sluppenvegen 14 28
SL410 orange sone Sluppenvegen 14 58
SL238 Sluppenvegen 14 2
Summer UTS School exam 100/100 C INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * 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.

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