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Introduction To Quantum Mechanics

COURSE CODE: PHY3101
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 45
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Education (Physics) - B.Ed
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: College of Education, Open and Distance Learning
STATUS: Elective
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Description

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The course is an introductory course in quantum mechanics. The course exposes the inadequacies of classical Physics in describing matter on the microscopic scale. The course also introduces the student to the notion of a wave function and to the formalism of quantum mechanics; The Schrödinger Equation; One-Dimensional Quantised Systems; Wave Corpuscular Duality; The Uncertainty Relations; Central Potential; Coulomb Interaction; The harmonic Oscillator.

 

EXPECTED LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of the course the student will be able to:

·         Describe the reasons for introducing quantum theory and spell out the connection between classical Physics and quantum Physics.

·         Discuss the quantum formalism to microscopic physical systems.

·         Solve simple one-dimensional time-independent problems in wave mechanics using analytic solution techniques.

·         Explain approximation methods to simple one-dimensional systems.

·         Apply Bohr’s interpretation of the wave function in calculating expectation values of physical observables.


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