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PHYS1270 Quantum Mechanics and Electricity (Joint Honours)

15 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Dr Robert Purdy

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Pre-requisite qualifications

A level physics and maths or equivalent

This module is mutually exclusive with

PHYS1200Physics 1- Fundamental Forces
PHYS1231Introductory Physics (Geophysics)
PHYS1240Quantum Physics and Relativity (Geophysics)

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This course combines an introduction to one of the greatest theories in classical physics with the two great revolutions in modern physics. Electromagnetic interactions are one of the four fundamental forces of nature and an essential aspect of modern technologies.You will learn about:- the key concepts in electricity and magnetism and see how they can be applied in a range of physical situations- how physics received a major shake-up at the beginning of the twentieth century with the advent of quantum physics and relativity. You will follow the historic discoveries that led to this new way of thinking and will cover the key concepts in their development.


On completion of this module, students should be able to:

- recall and use the transformation equations of Special Relativity
- summarize the evidence leading to the quantum theory of radiation
- recall the radiation laws of Stefan and Wien and sketch the form of the black body curve
- derive and use the Bohr equation for hydrogen like atoms
- summarize the evidence leading to the wave theory of matter
- use the de Broglie relationship to find the allowed energies of a particle confined to a box
- describe the properties of atomic nuclei and details of the nuclear binding energy curve
- deduce the form of the radioactive decay law
- understand and solve problems involving the Columb's force
- perform calculations on DC circuits (including capacitors and resisters) using Ohms Law and Kirchoff's Law
- Calculate the force on a charge moving in a magnetic field.

Learning outcomes
Demonstrate a basic knowledge of common physical laws and principles, and some applications of these principles.
Identify relevant principles and laws when dealing with problems.

Skills outcomes
Understanding of basic quantum mechanics and electricity


Evidence of quantum
Bohr atom
Lorentz Transformations Relativistic E,p Nuclear masses and binding energy Radioactive decay
Basic Electrostatics: Coulomb Force and capacitors
Magnetostatics, Lorentz force DC circuits, Kirchoff's law, RC circuits

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours111.00
Total Contact hours39.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Reading through lecture notes and solving problems

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Problem Sheetweekly15.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)15.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 00 mins85.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)85.00

same as PHYS1200, PHYS1230, PHYS1240

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 31/01/2020


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