Programme/Approved Electives for 2019/20
Available as a Free Standing Elective
Successful completion of the first year physics or astrophysics.
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.
Talis Aspire Reading ListAny reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/phy-20006/lists
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.
Intended Learning Outcomes
apply advanced mathematical techniques to solve problems in physics; will be achieved by assessments: 1,2,3,4use the Born interpretation of wave function to predict the observed properties of quantum systems; will be achieved by assessments: 1,3,4find or verify solutions to the 1-dimensional Schrodinger equation for simple potentials; will be achieved by assessments: 1,3,4describe quantitatively applications and examples of quantum behaviour; will be achieved by assessments: 1,3,4understand the origin and structure of energy levels for electrons in simple atoms; will be achieved by assessments: 1,3,4describe and apply first-order time-independent perturbation theory. will be achieved by assessments: 1,3,4
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
1: Unseen Exam weighted 60%
Description of Module Assessment
2 hour unseen examSection A: 10 short questions. Students to attempt all questions = 40% in total.
Section B: A choice of 2 questions out of 4 = 60% in total.2: Class Test weighted 20%
1 Maths Class TestUnseen test with 4-6 questions.3: Exercise weighted 10%
4 problem sheets4 problem sheets with questions on quantum mechanics and mathematics.4: Tutorial weighted 10%
Completing assigned problems on Quantum Mechanics and Mathematics in problem classesCompleting the assigned problems in problem classes.