Session Course (to be) Closed or Withdrawn (end of)
Course(s) Replaced
Code
PH0044
Quantum Physics (Honours)
Course Level
Undergraduate
Honours
Yes
Visiting Students Only?
No
Visiting Students Parent Course
Available for Visiting Students?
Yes
Display in Visiting Students Prospectus?
Yes
Course FTE
120
Credit Points
10
Credit Scheme
Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework
Credit Level
10  SCQF Level 10
'Home' Subject Area
Code
Description
Sched Code
School
58
Undergraduate (School of Physics)
Q
Physics
'Other' Subject Area(s)
Course Organiser
T0109 Prof Graeme Ackland
Course Secretary
T3673 Mrs Linda Grieve
Collaborating Institution
Collaborating School
Additional Information on Collaboration
Contact Teaching (if 0 then refer to Additional Information on Scheduled Class Sessions below)
2 hrs
0 mins
per week,
11 weeks
Other Required Attendance
Programme(s) for which course to be seeded
Code
Prog
MoS Code
YoS
Mand
Sessyr From
Sessyr To
S0351
BSC(H)
Chemical Physics
FTFY
4
Y
2004/2005
S0364
MCP
Chemical Physics
FTFY
4
Y
2004/2005
S0793
BSC(H)
Mathematical Physics
FTFY
4
Y
2004/2005
S0802
MPY
Astrophysics
FTFY
4
Y
2004/2005
S0803
MPY
Computational Physics
FTFY
4
Y
2004/2005
S0804
MPY
Mathematical Physics
FTFY
4
Y
2004/2005
S0805
MPY
Physics
FTFY
4
Y
2004/2005
Any costs which have to be met by students
Prerequisite Requirements
At least 40 credit points accrued in
courses of SCQF Level 9 or 10 drawn from Schedule Q, including Physical
Mathematics (PHY3PhMath) or equivalent.
Visiting Students Prerequisite Requirements
Corequisite Requirements
Prohibited Combination Requirements
Short Description
In this course we study techniques used
in the practical applications of quantum mechanics. We begin with a
review of the basic ideas of quantum mechanics, including various
representations, and fundamental symmetries including bosons and
fermions. We then develop timeindependent perturbation theory and
consider its extension to degenerate systems. The variational principle
is introduced, and extended to find selfconsistent states of identical
particles and the HellmannFeynman theorem relating classical and
quantum forces. We then study timedependent perturbation theory,
obtain Fermi's Golden Rule, and look at radiative transitions and
selection rules. We will also examine twoparticle states, Bell's
theorem and entanglement. Subsequently we study scattering in the Born
Approximation.
Keywords
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course it is intended that a student will be able to: 1)state and explain the basic postulates of quantum mechanics 2)understand the ideas of compatible and incompatible observables and explain the concept of good quantum numbers 3)define and apply matrix representations of spin operators 4)derive
the effects of a timeindependent perturbation on the energy
eigenvalues and eigenfunctions of a quantum system and apply the
results to a range of physical problems 5)discuss the fine structure of Hydrogen 6)explain the RayleighRitz variational method and demonstrate its use for bounding the energy of various systems 7)understand the concept of a transition probability and apply perturbation theory to timedependent problems 8)discuss the interaction of radiation with quantum systems and explain the concept of selection rules 9)
describe two particle interactions of bosons and fermions, explain the
Born approximation and bound states for simple central potentials. 10) understand the EinsteinPodulskyRosen "paradox" and the concept of nonlocality.
CE  Classes and Assessment (including centrally arranged examination)
Default Delivery Period
S1  Semester 1 (Blocks 12)
Class Sessions
Day
Start  End Time
Type
Zone
Elective Groups
Mo
1000  1050
Lect
KB
Th
1000  1050
Lect
KB
Additional (to Class Sessions above) Information on Scheduled Class Sessions
Workshop/tutorial sessions, Wednesdays 9:0011:00, JCMB 3218 and 3317 from Week 2.
Alternative Examination Slot
Components of Assessment
Degree Examination, 100%
Summative Exams
Diet
Diet Month
Paper Code
Paper Name
Duration Hrs/Mins
Stat'y Req
Comments
1ST
5
1

2
0
12 sides
Month Assessment Result Due (1st Diet)
June
Month Assessment Result Due (2nd Diet)
n/a
Convener of BoE
8089 Prof Murray D Campbell
Common Marking Scheme
VERS2  Version 2 (excl MBChB and BVM&S)
Taught in Gaidhlig?
N
%age taught in Gaidhlig
Included in Teaching Load Calculations?
Yes
Teaching Load Split
Code
Subject Unit
Portion of Credits
JACS Subject Area
SU259
Institute for Physics
10
F342 Quantum Mechanics
Other institution providing teaching
Percentage not taught by this institution
Course Comments (Internal Use Only)
School's Own Use 1
Recommended texts:
(1) F Mandl, 'Quantum Mechanics'' Wiley; (2) D J Griffiths, 'Introduction to Quantum Mechanics', Prentice Hall; (3) B H Bransden C J Joachain, 'Quantum Mechanics', Prentice Hall; (4) R Liboff, Introductory Quantum Mechanics, Addison Wesley. (5) D Park Introduction to the Quantum Theory, McGraw Hill