Module – Quantum Physics

FHEQ Level: Level 5 (Second Year)
Credits: 20
Module Code: F300 20043
Course Reference Number (CRN): 59411
Delivery: January Start, Trimester 2 (Short Fat)

Syllabus Outline

• Breakdown of Classical Physics
• Schrodinger’s Wave Equation
• The wavefunction and its interpretation
• Solutions of partial differential equations
• The time independent Schrodinger Equation
• 1-D Solutions of the Time Independent Schrodinger Equation
• Quantum Tunnelling
• The Hydrogen Atom
• Perturbation Theory
• Many Electron Atoms
• Intrinsic Spin
• Matrices in Quantum Mechanics


Coursework: Assignment, 50%
Written: Examination, 2 hours, 50%
More detailed information may be found in the Assessments section.


Introduction to Quantum Mechanics – DJ Griffiths and DF Schroeter (Cambridge 2018)

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You will learn about the origins and principles of quantum mechanics. Both Schrӧdinger’s wave equation and the matrix formalism of quantum mechanics will be introduced with applications in the fields of atoms and electrons. The module is taught by a combination of lectures and problem solving tutorials.


1.To develop a knowledge and critical understanding in the area of Quantum Mechanics, including the origin and limitations of the associated laws.
2. To develop a knowledge and critical understanding of mathematical techniques associated with Quantum Mechanics.
3. To develop analytical, numerical and computer-based problem solving skills in the area of Quantum Mechanics.

Knowledge & Understanding

On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the laws and their origins in the area of Quantum Mechanics.
2. Demonstrate competence in the specification of problems using the laws of Quantum Mechanics and their analytical and numerical solution.
3. Demonstrate communication through written material.

Learning, Teaching and Assessment

The module is taught through a combination of lectures and tutorial classes.

Interactive tutorial classes will prepare you for assessments through a series of problem-solving exercises with associated formative feedback.

Assignment – An extended problem-solving exercise requiring a description and justification of methodology used together with the use of analytical and computational means to provide final solutions and a critical evaluation of the solution obtained.

Exam – A series of questions demonstrating an understanding of the topic together with application to straightforward problems that can be solved using analytical means.