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Quantum Mechanics

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Teaching semester

Autumn.

Objectives and Content

Starting from a small set of axioms this course provides a systematic introduction to basic quantum mechanics. The presentation makes extensive use of concepts from linear algebra. A number of simple model systems are used to illustrate how problems may be described by quantum mechanics and also to exemplify quantum mechanical (i.e. non-classical) phenomena. An exposition of the quantum mechanical theory of angular momentum is given up to and including coupling of two momenta. The students learn mathematical methods for obtaining approximate descriptions of quantum mechanical systems. Many molecules show some degree of symmetry, and the students learn how to exploit this when solving quantum mechanical problems.

Learning Outcomes

After completing the course KJEM221 the student will be able to:

  • identify and describe fundamental concepts in the quantum mechanical theory and apply these to analyze idealized processes of measurement.
  • develop quantum mechanical models for simple systems and use these to exemplify characteristic features in quantum mechanical systems.
  • describe electronic and spectroscopic systems by means of the quantum mechanical theory of angular momentum.
  • use mathematical techniques to construct approximate quantum mechanical models.
  • Analyze molecular symmetry and exploit this when determining orbitals.

Recommended Previous Knowledge

MAT121 Linear algebra.

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

PHYS201: 10 ECTS, K221: 10 ECTS

Teaching and learning methods

The organized teaching consists of lectures and written exercises.

Lectures: 4h per week for 14-15 weeks.

Written exercises: 2h per week for 13-14 weeks.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

At least 6 of the 13-14 sets of written exercises must be approved. Approval requires personal attendance. Compulsory assignments are valid for 5 subsequent semesters.

Forms of Assessment

Oral exam.

Due to the measures taken to avoid the spread of Covid-19, UiB is closed for on-campus assessment. As a consequence, the following changes is made to assessment spring semester 2021:

  • Oral examination instead of written examination

Examination Support Material

Non- programmable calculator according to model listed in faculty regulations and five (5) A4 pages of the student's own handwritten notes.

Grading Scale

The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.

Assessment Semester

Examination both spring semester and autumn semester. In semesters without teaching the examination will be arranged at the beginning of the semester.

Reading List

The students should obtain basic knowledge in quantum mechanics. Moreover, the foundations are given for more applied methods.

Course Evaluation

The course will be evaluated by the students in accordance with the quality assurance system at UiB and the department

Contact

Exam information

  • For written exams, please note that the start time may change from 09:00 to 15:00 or vice versa until 14 days prior to the exam.

  • Type of assessment: Written examination

    Date
    08.12.2021, 09:00
    Duration
    4 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    24.11.2021
    Examination system
    Inspera
    Digital exam