# 2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

## PHYS1270 Quantum Mechanics and Electricity (Joint Honours)

### 15 creditsClass Size: 30

**Module manager:** Dr Alison Voice**Email:** A.M.Voice@leeds.ac.uk

**Taught:** Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

**Year running** 2023/24

### Pre-requisite qualifications

A level Physics and Maths or equivalent### This module is mutually exclusive with

PHYS1200 | Physics 1- Fundamental Forces |

PHYS1231 | Introductory Physics (Geophysics) |

PHYS1240 | Quantum 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.### Objectives

At the end of this module you should be able to:- derive and use the transformation equations of special relativity;

- compute the energy and momentum of relativistic particles;

- summarise relativistic systems on a Minkowski spacetime diagram;

- understand the core difference between quantum and classical physics;

- represent quantum systems with two classical states;

- compute measurement probabilities and quantum evolutions;

- apply the Heisenberg uncertainty relation and de Broglie wavelength to concrete physical systems;

- derive the Bohr model and use it to estimate energies of atoms and molecules;

- perform elementary computations relating to photons and radiation;

- understand the uses and philosophical implications of quantum entanglement;

- understand and solve problems involving the Coulomb force;

- perform calculations on DC circuits (including capacitors, resistors and inductors) using Ohm’s and Kirchhoff's Laws);

- calculate the force on a charge moving in a magnetic field

**Learning outcomes**

Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge, understanding and application of the following:

In Quantum Physics:

1. Core differences between classical and quantum physics.

2. Heisenberg Uncertainty Relation.

3. Quantum aspects of atoms and radiation.

In Relativity

1. Lorentz transformations

2. Minkowski space

3. Relativistic dynamics

In Electromagnetism

1. Electric circuits and Kirchoff’s laws

2. Charge and electric fields

3. Charge and magnetic fields

**Skills outcomes**

Problem solving in quantum physics, relativity and electricity

### Syllabus

- Uses of quantum physics

- The Bohr model of the atom

- Photons and radiation

- The de Broglie wavelength

- The Heisenberg uncertainty relation

- Lorentz Transformations

- Relativistic kinematics

- Relativistic energy and momentum

- Four-vectors and Minkowski space

- Basic Electrostatics: Coulomb force and capacitors

- Magnetostatics

- Lorentz force

- DC circuits

- Kirchoff's laws

- RC circuits

### Teaching methods

Delivery type | Number | Length hours | Student hours |

Lecture | 33 | 1.00 | 33.00 |

Independent online learning hours | 11.00 | ||

Private study hours | 106.00 | ||

Total Contact hours | 33.00 | ||

Total hours (100hr per 10 credits) | 150.00 |

### Private study

- reading lecture notes and books- solving problems

### Methods of assessment

**Coursework**

Assessment type | Notes | % of formal assessment |

In-course Assessment | Regular coursework | 20.00 |

Total percentage (Assessment Coursework) | 20.00 |

Resit by exam only in standard format.

**Exams**

Exam type | Exam duration | % of formal assessment |

Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc) | 2 hr 00 mins | 80.00 |

Total percentage (Assessment Exams) | 80.00 |

Students will have to complete an in-person exam at the end of the module. This will take place during the examinations period at the end of the semester and will be time bound.

### Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library websiteLast updated: 28/04/2023 14:55:12

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