# 2019/20 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

## PHYS2310 Physics 4- Quantum and Nuclear Physics

### 25 creditsClass Size: 200

**Module manager:** Dr Zlatko Papic**Email:** z.papic@leeds.ac.uk

**Taught:** Semester 2 View Timetable

**Year running** 2019/20

### This module is mutually exclusive with

PHYS2360 | Quantum Mechanics (Joint Honours) |

**This module is not approved as a discovery module**

### Objectives

By the end of the module you should be able to:Quantum Mechanics:

- write down the time dependent and time independent Schrodinger Equations;

- recall the form of and properties of wave functions, eigenfunctions and probability functions;

- derive the form of the wavefunction for a particle confined in an infinite square well;

- recall the form of the wavefunctions for other confining potentials;

- understand and use the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle;

- use operators to calculate expectation values;

- describe the concepts of symmetrical and antisymmetrical wave functions;

- explain in general terms the Pauli Exclusion Principle and use spin functions;

- describe the quantum mechanical model of the hydrogen atom;

- describe the electron configuration of atoms and their spectra;

- describe the quantum mechanical origins of ionic and covalent bonds.

- describe the principle of laser action

Nuclear and Particle Physics:

-discuss components of the Standard Model of Particle Physics

-understand and interpret Feynman diagrams

-discuss different models of the nucleus

-estimate nuclear masses

-discuss and predict various forms of radioactive decay and nuclear reactions

Condensed Matter:

- use the density of states to explain some of the differences between metals, semiconductors and insulators;

- derive the free-electron density of states;

- perform straight-forward calculations based on the free-electron theory;

- explain how a periodic potential modifies the free-electron dispersion relation;

- solve problems on the transport properties of semiconductors;

- calculate the magnetic properties (consistent with the syllabus) of paramagnets and ferromagnets.

**Learning outcomes**

Demonstrate a basic knowledge and understanding 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 core Quantum Mechanics, Solid State Physics and Particle Physics

### Syllabus

Quantum Mechanics

-Schrodinger equation,

-wave function,

-standard solutions,

-Hydrogen atom,

-spin,

-Pauli exclusion principle,

-Fermions and Bosons.

-1st order time independent perturbation theory, periodic table, quantum structure, spectra of simple atoms, laser action.

Condensed Matter:

-Molecular bonding,

-density of states,

-free electron model,

-semiconductors

Nuclear and Particle Physics:

-introduction to particle physics

-Feynman diagrams

-models of the nucleus

-radioactive decay

-nuclear reactions

### Teaching methods

Delivery type | Number | Length hours | Student hours |

Workshop | 12 | 1.00 | 12.00 |

Lecture | 54 | 1.00 | 54.00 |

Tutorial | 2 | 1.00 | 2.00 |

Private study hours | 182.00 | ||

Total Contact hours | 68.00 | ||

Total hours (100hr per 10 credits) | 250.00 |

### Methods of assessment

**Coursework**

Assessment type | Notes | % of formal assessment |

Problem Sheet | Regular Homework Sheets | 15.00 |

Total percentage (Assessment Coursework) | 15.00 |

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

**Exams**

Exam type | Exam duration | % of formal assessment |

Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc) | 3 hr 00 mins | 85.00 |

Total percentage (Assessment Exams) | 85.00 |

Students are required to pass all the coursework and exam elements of this module in order to pass the module overall.

### Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library websiteLast updated: 08/03/2019

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