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Quantum Mechanics I - MAT00024H

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  • Department: Mathematics
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. Atsushi Higuchi
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2017-18

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2017-18

Module aims

To provide an introduction to quantum mechanics.

To present a simple set of axioms for quantum mechanics.

To introduce the concept of quantum states and observables and their mathematical description.

To exhibit basic quantum phenomena such as uncertainty relations and interference phenomena.

To explain the relation between theory and experimental observations.

To underline the unavoidable probablistic character of quantum mechanics.

To see various mathematical tools such as vector spaces and the theory of differential equations in action.

Module learning outcomes

At the end of this module you should:

Be familiar with a simple axiomatic formulation of quantum mechanics.

Be familiar with the mathematical structures underlying quantum machanics.

Be familiar with the Schr¶dinger equation and Borns probability interpretation.

Be familiar with the appearance and treatment of eigenvalue problems in quantum mechanics

Be able to formulate and solve simple problems involving particles in one-dimensional potentials.


Task Length % of module mark
University - closed examination
Quantum Mechanics I
2 hours 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
University - closed examination
Quantum Mechanics I
2 hours 100

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Indicative reading

R Shankar, Principles of Quantum Mechanics, Springer (U 0.123 SHA)

PCW Davies and DS Betts, Quantum Mechanics, Chapman and Hall (U 0.12 DAV)

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