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Unit information: Quantum Mechanics 202 in 2016/17

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Unit name Quantum Mechanics 202
Unit code PHYS22050
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Professor. Goldstein
Open unit status Not open

PHYS10005, PHYS10006, or equivalent.



School/department School of Physics
Faculty Faculty of Science


The quantum world is non-intuitive but it correctly provides an explanation for many phenomena at the small scale. Aspects of quantum science are introduced to students at various times and in various ad hoc ways, but it is not until the understanding of quantum mechanics that these various aspects can be brought together to develop a coherent understanding. This unit introduces quantum mechanics, and shows how Schrödinger's equation can be used to solve simple examples in quantum physics.


To introduce and make coherent the quantum phenomena taught in schools and provide a basis for calculations of simple models through Schrödinger's equation in one, two and three dimensions.

Intended learning outcomes

Have an appreciation of the broad thrust of quantum physics and it wide applicability in explaining a wide range of observable phenomena. To understand the basis of non-relativistic quantum theory and to be able to calculate quantum results in a number of simple systems using Schrödinger’s equation. Understand the significance of the wave-function and be able to deduce the results of measurements for simple systems.

Teaching details

Lectures, problems classes

Assessment Details

Written examination

Reading and References

  • A. Rae Quantum Mechanics
  • F. Mandl Quantum Mechanics
  • Eisberg & Resnick Quantum Physics of Atoms, Molecules, Solids, Nuclei and
  • Particles
  • Morrison Understanding Quantum Physics: A User’s manual