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Quantum Mechanics

Teaching semester

Spring

Objectives and Content

Objectives:

PHYS201 offers a systematic introduction to fundamental non-relativistic quantum mechanics.

Content:

The course introduces Schrödinger equations with solutions in simple potentials, including

harmonic oscillator, spherically symmetric potentials with hydrogen-like atoms. Axioms of quantum mechanics are introduced; matrix representation of quantum mechanics is discussed together with approximate methods (the variational method, perturbation theory, Born approximations). Program also covers spin and angular momentum representations and addition rules and identical particles treatment.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course

the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:

Knowledge

The student has gained knowledge about

  • basic non-relativistic quantum mechanics
  • the time-dependent and time-independent Schrödinger equation for simple potentials like for instance the harmonic oscillator and hydrogenlike atoms, as well as the interaction of an electron with the electromagnetic field
  • quantum mechanical axioms and the matrix representation of quantum mechanics
  • approximate methods for solving the Schrödinger equation ( the variational method, perturbation theory, Born approximations)
  • spin, angular momentum states, angular momentum addition rules, and identical particles

Skills

The student is able to

  • apply principles of quantum mechanics to calculate observables on known wave functions
  • solve time-dependent and time-independent Schrödinger equation for simple potentials
  • apply the variational method, time-independent perturbation theory and time-dependent perturbation theory to solve simple problems
  • combine spin and angular momenta

General competence

The student has gained

  • general experience with non-relativistic quantum mechanics that is useful for further studies in theoretical physics, as well as nanotechnology
  • knowledge about fundamental quantum mechanical processes in nature
  • experience using mathematical tools to construct approximate quantum mechanical models

Required Previous Knowledge

Minimum 60 ECTS in physics.

Recommended Previous Knowledge

PHYS 118 og MAT121

Forms of Assessment

The forms of assessment are:
  • Written examination (4 hours)

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.

Contact

Contact Information

advice@ift.uib.no

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. The exam location will be published 14 days prior to the exam.

  • Type of assessment: Written examination

    Date
    29.05.2018, 09:00
    Duration
    4 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    15.05.2018
    Location