PHYC30030 Quantum Mechanics

Academic Year 2023/2024

The module will build upon the foundation laid in PHYC20020. The following list of topics will be covered:
Postulates of Quantum Mechanics; Operators; Observables and eigenfunctions; Measurement, the Copenhagen interpretation and entanglement; Co-ordinate and momentum representations; Hermitian operators; Matrix methods; the Uncertainty Principle; Ehrenfest's theorem; Harmonic Oscillator, Ladder operators; Angular momentum; Schrödinger theory of the hydrogen atom; Degeneracy; Fine-structure; Normal Zeeman effect; Pauli's theory of electron spin; the Stern-Gerlach experiment; Spin-orbit interaction. Total angular momentum; Anomalous Zeeman effect.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

The emphasis of this course is on analyzing the basic concepts underpinning Quantum Theory and building up the necessary skill set to tackle problems in Quantum Mechanics. On completion, students should have a good understanding of quantum phenomena and be able to be able to apply fundamental quantum mechanics to a range of problems on idealized systems.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Seminar (or Webinar)


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Students will be encouraged to actively apply the concepts/techniques acquired to problems both in-class and in problem sets. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

PHYC 20020 or equivalent.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Examination: Written Examination 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Continuous Assessment: Problem sets Varies over the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


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?

Feedback will be provided both individually and as a class, following each problem set.

Name Role
Nicholas Wong Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Mon 09:00 - 10:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Tues 13:00 - 13:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Wed 14:00 - 15:50