Quantum Mechanics 3

School of Physics and Astronomy

College of Engineering and Physical Sciences


Code 00498

Level of study Third/Final year

Credit value 10

Semester 1

Module description

The aim of this module is to give a thorough grounding in the principles of quantum mechanics. It builds on the wave mechanics studied in Years one and two where the wave nature of matter was introduced as described by the Schrodinger equation. In this module we begin with the fundamental postulates underlying quantum mechanics.

We will introduce Dirac's notation for doing quantum mechanics which will allow us to study quantum properties like "spin" which have no counterparts in classical physics. This is vital for applications of quantum mechanics such as quantum computing. We will also see how the Schrodinger equation originates. The module will cover fundamental aspects - such as the connection between symmetry and conservation laws - as well as applications and approximate, yet powerful, tools like perturbation theory for handling situations where exact results are not possible.