TFY4215 - Introduction to Quantum Physics


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.
Quantum mechanical postulates. Particle in a box and potential
well. Harmonic oscillator. Scattering in one dimension, tunnel effect. Angular momentum. The hydrogen atom. Atoms and molecules. Molecular physics.

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 expansion 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
oscillator and the Hydrogen atom,
- learn how to apply quantum mechanics for atoms and molecules.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and compulsory exercises.

Compulsory assignments

  • Calculation exercises

Further on evaluation

A re-sit examination 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

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 edition.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
FY1006 7.5 2008-09-01
SIF4048 7.5


Detailed timetable


Examination arrangement: Written examination

Term Statuskode Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Spring ORD Written examination 100/100 C
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date.
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