Courses Catalogue

Introduction To Quantum Mechanics

COURSE CODE: PHY3101
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 3
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Physics BSc
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Natural and Applied Sciences
STATUS: Core
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Description

COURSE DESCRIPTION

 

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 Oscillator.

 

COURSE JUSTIFICATION/RATIONALE

 

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.

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

 

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 Physics.
  • Apply the quantum formalism to microscopic physical systems.
  • 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.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

 

A student 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,