School of Chemical and Physical Sciences

Faculty of Natural Sciences

For academic year: 2023/24 Last Updated: 25 September 2023

PHY-20006 - Quantum Mechanics

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This module introduces students to quantum theory and its application to atomic physics and gives them the skills to solve some straightforward problems in quantum mechanics and atomic theory. These skills and knowledge are used to look at applications and examples of quantum theory such as scanning tunneling electron microscopes and nuclear fusion in stars.

The module features a mathematics component that includes the use of various coordinate systems, linear algebra, Fourier methods and vector calculus.

The module features a mathematics component that includes the use of various coordinate systems, linear algebra, Fourier methods and vector calculus.

This module aims to introduce the students to quantum theory and its application to atomic physics and to give them the skills to solve the more straightforward problems and applications in these areas.

http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/phy-20006/lists

apply advanced mathematical techniques to solve problems in physics: 1,2,3,4

find or verify solutions to the 1-dimensional Schrodinger equation for simple potentials: 1,2,3,4

describe quantitatively applications and examples of quantum behaviour: 1,2,3,4

understand the origin and structure of energy levels for electrons in simple atoms: 1,2,3,4

describe and apply first-order time-independent perturbation theory: 1,2,3,4

use the Born interpretation of wave function to predict the observed properties of quantum systems: 1,2,3,4

find or verify solutions to the 1-dimensional Schrodinger equation for simple potentials: 1,2,3,4

describe quantitatively applications and examples of quantum behaviour: 1,2,3,4

understand the origin and structure of energy levels for electrons in simple atoms: 1,2,3,4

describe and apply first-order time-independent perturbation theory: 1,2,3,4

use the Born interpretation of wave function to predict the observed properties of quantum systems: 1,2,3,4

28 hours of lectures on quantum mechanics, atomic physics and mathematical techniques.

14 hours problem classes on quantum mechanics and atomic physics and mathematical techniques.

8 hours completion of problem sheets.

97 hours examination revision and private study.

1 hour mathematics class test

2 hour exam

14 hours problem classes on quantum mechanics and atomic physics and mathematical techniques.

8 hours completion of problem sheets.

97 hours examination revision and private study.

1 hour mathematics class test

2 hour exam

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2 hour unseen exam

Section A: 10 short questions. Students to attempt all questions = 40% in total. Section B: A choice of 2 questions out of 3 = 60% in total.

1 Maths Class Test

Unseen test with 4-6 questions.

3 problem sheets

3 problem sheets with questions on quantum mechanics and mathematics.

Completing assigned problems on Quantum Mechanics and Mathematics in problem classes

Completing the assigned problems in problem classes.