|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Lecture||11 x 2 Hour Lectures|
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Exam||2 Hours Written Examination||70%|
|Semester Assessment||2 Problems Sheets||30%|
|Supplementary Exam||2 Hours Written Examination||100%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Present and classify the basic principles of the quantum mechanical concepts of waves, particles and wave packets.
2. Explain the limits of classical physics at the microscopic level.
3. Describe basic physical systems in terms of Schrodinger's equation.
4. Analyse problems in quantum mechanics at the microscopic level.
5. Solve simple numerical problems in quantum mechanics at the microscopic level.
The particle in a box problem is solved in detail, and a description of the harmonic oscillator and central potential (hydrogen atom) is introduced.
Wavefunction and its interpretation. Time-dependent and time-independent Schrödinger equations.
Operators, eigenvalues, eigenvectors and possible results of a measurement. Expectation values.
Solution of the Schrödinger equation for an infinite well.
Degeneracy. Correspondence Principle. Symmetric and anti-symmetric solution.
The Schrödinger Equation for the harmonic oscillator Zero-point energy. Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle. Energy spectrum of the harmonic oscillator.
Introduction to the energy spectrum of the hydrogen atom and good quantum numbers.
Scattering by a finite well, Tunnelling
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Application of Number||Physics problems are heavily numeracy-dependent.|
|Improving own Learning and Performance||Feedback from example sheets will help students improve learning.|
|Problem solving||Students are required to apply theoretical concepts covered in lectures to specific science problems.|
This module is at CQFW Level 5