PHYC20020 Introductory Quantum Mechanics

Academic Year 2024/2025

Quantum mechanics is one of the cornerstones of physics. This module will introduce the student to the physics of the micro-domain by introducing the fundamental tools to describe quantum systems. Paradigmatic examples of a two-level system and the motion of a quantum particle will be studied though the Schrödinger equation. Emphasis will be placed on providing a sound physical and mathematical basis of quantum mechanics.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

The student should be able to:
1. Explain the differences between the classical and quantum approaches to the physical world.
2. Solve the Schrödinger equation in simple physical systems.
3. Evaluate the probabilities of various measurement outcomes.
4. Discuss experiments that verify the predictions of quantum mechanics.
5. Discuss the implications of the quantum approach for our understanding of the physical world.

Indicative Module Content:

Section 1 - A (very) brief history of Quantum Mechanics [~4 lectures]
Section 2 - The mathematical minimum of Quantum Mechanics [~6 lectures]
Section 3 - The foundations of Quantum Mechanics [~6 lectures]
Section 4 - Motion of a particle in a potential [~6 lectures]

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours






Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures, class work, homework. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

Students should have passed module PHYC10080, and if required, PHYC10070 (optional core).
Students who have passed PHYC10150 & 10160 may also take this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
PHYC20070 - Quantum Mechanics for Engin.

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade

Not yet recorded.

Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Tutorials, discussion, marked work.

A First Introduction to Quantum Physics by Kok (Springer)

Modern Quantum Mechanics by Sakurai/Napolitano (Cambridge University Press)

Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, David J. Griffiths (Cambridge University Press)
Name Role
Mr Paul Hanratty Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Sharon Shannon Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Lucas McConnell Tutor