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PHYS2360 Quantum Mechanics (Joint Honours)

15 creditsClass Size: 30

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

PHYS2310Physics 4- Quantum and Nuclear Physics

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Objectives

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

- 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.

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


Syllabus

Time dependent Schrodinger Wave function, eigenfunctions Standard solutions Hydrogen atom Spin, Pauli, Fermions and Bosons 1st order time independent perturbation theory. Periodic Table Quantum structure, spectra of simple atoms, Laser action Molecular bonding Elementary particles Fundamental forces Standard Model of particle physics

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Lecture271.0027.00
Tutorial61.006.00
Private study hours117.00
Total Contact hours33.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Reading through lecture notes and solving problems

Methods of assessment


Coursework
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


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

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

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 14/09/2016

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