OverviewRevision of classical descriptions of matter as particles, and electromagnetic radiation as waves.
Some key experiments in the history of quantum mechanics. The concept of wave-particle duality.
The wavefunction. Probability density. The Schrodinger equation. Stationary states.
Solutions of the Schrodinger equation for simple physical systems with constant potentials: Free particles. Particles in a box. Classically allowed and forbidden regions.
Reflection and transmission of particles incident onto a potential barrier. Probability flux. Tunnelling of particles.
The simple harmonic oscillator as a model for atomic vibrations.
Revision of classical descriptions of rotation. Rotation in three dimensions as a model for molecular rotation.
The Coulomb potential as a model for the hydrogen atom. The quantum numbers l, m and n. The wavefunctions of the hydrogen atom.
Physical observables represented by operators. Eigenfunctions and eigenvalues. Expectation values. Time independent perturbation theory.
This module appears in:
Contact hours: lectures (30 hours), workshops/revision sessions (3 hours)
Total study time 150 hrs (including private study time).
This not available as a wild module.
Method of assessment
Coursework 30% including class tests;
Final (written, unseen, length 2 hours) exam 70%.
Core Text: B. H. Bransden & C. J. Joachain, Quantum Mechanics, 2nd Edition,
Knowledge and understanding of physical laws and principles in Quantum Physics, and their application to diverse areas of physics.