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PX2510: RELATIVITY AND QUANTUM MECHANICS (2019-2020)

Last modified: 28 Aug 2019 09:08


Course Overview

In the 20th Century, Physics got strange, and this course sets out to explore the foundations of this modern approach. In Special Relativity we will look at the idea that time is not an absolute – that events can happen in different times for different observers – and explore the effects of travelling at close to the speed of light. The quantum mechanics section introduces some of the most exciting and dramatically successful science of all time, and discuss the evolution of this idea from the days of Schrodinger’s cat to quantum tunnelling.





Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Ekkehard Ullner

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Programme Level 2

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

This is a foundation course on the principles of modern physics. Observations that identified the limitations of classical physics are discussed together with the theories of relativity and quantum mechanics that sought to remedy them. The relativity component of the course deals with the postulates of relativity, inertial frames and the development of the Lorentz tranformation. The quantum mechanics component of the course deals with the postulates of quantum mechanics, wave functions and the Schrodinger equation. The consequences of the Schrodinger equation are investigated through applications to the quantum behaviour of simple one-dimensional systems.


Contact Teaching Time

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Teaching Breakdown

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Summative Assessments

Exam

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 70
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In term exams will be marked and returned within two weeks of submission.

Learning Outcomes
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Class Test

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 10
Assessment Weeks 28 Feedback Weeks

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Feedback will be given by marked CA papers and template solutions after the class test.

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Class Test

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 10
Assessment Weeks 35 Feedback Weeks

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Class Test

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 30
Assessment Weeks 32 Feedback Weeks

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Formative Assessment

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Resit Assessments

Exam 70%, Continuous Assessment marks carried forward 30%

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