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PX3511: QUANTUM MECHANICS (2020-2021)

Last modified: 05 Aug 2021 13:04


Course Overview

The course aims to provide the students with the underpinning knowledge that will enable them to think constructively about phenomena that relate to the quantum structure of matter. It is intended that the students will gain a broad appreciation of the hierarchy of interactions that give rise to the energy levels of atoms and the consequent structure of the associated spectroscopic transitions. In comparison to the previous years more emphasis will be put on the general, mathematical structure of quantum theory, tackling topics such as Hilbert spaces and time independent perturbation theory.





Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Ekkehard Ullner

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

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?

  • PX3509 Quantum Atomic and Molecular Physics (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

The content reflects the learning outcomes of the course:

General ideas:

  • Operators, eigenstates, eigenvalues.
  • The TDSE and the TISE.
  • The statistical interpretation of the wavefunction.
  • Superposition.
  • Expectation value of a dynamical variable.
  • Solutions of the TISESquare wells.
  • Barriers.
  • 1-D SHO.
  • Hydrogen atom.
  • Electron wave functions for the H atom.
  • The quantum numbers n, m.
  • Spherical harmonics.
  • Radial probability densities.
  • Spin states.
  • The intrinsic spin of the electron.
  • Perturbation theory.

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 25 - 29, 31 - 34, 38 - 39

More Information about Week Numbers


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Summative Assessments

Tutorial Question Sheets

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 25
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Learning Outcomes
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Exam

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 75
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Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Resit Assessments

Exam 75%, Continuous Assessment marks carried forward 25%

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Course Learning Outcomes

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