Introduction To Quantum Mechanics
The course is an introductory course in quantum mechanics. The course
exposes the inadequacies of classical Physics in describing matter on the
microscopic scale. The course also introduces the student to the notion of a
wave function and to the formalism of quantum mechanics; The Schrödinger
Equation; One-Dimensional Quantised Systems; Wave Corpuscular Duality; The
Uncertainty Relations; Central Potential; Coulomb Interaction; The harmonic
The aim of this
course is to provide a systematic introduction to quantum mechanics. The
material and skills learnt in this course will form the basis for most of the
subsequent courses in Physics.
By the end of this
course, the student should be able to:
- Describe the reasons for introducing quantum
theory and spell out the connection between classical Physics and quantum
- Apply the quantum formalism to microscopic
- Solve simple one-dimensional time-independent
problems in wave mechanics using analytic solution techniques.
- Apply approximation methods to simple
one-dimensional systems. To apply bohr’s interpretation of the wave
function in calculating expectation values of physical observables.
completing the course is expected to:
§ Describe the
quantum behaviour of a particle.
§ Apply the
Schrödinger equation in one dimensional simple situations
§ Sketch the
solution for the Hydrogen atom
§ Explain the
concept of quantum mechanical wave function and its basic properties
§ Formulate the
concepts of operator, eigenstates and the significance of measurements,