On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:
Demonstrate understanding - at an entry level- of 20th/21s century physics;
Formulate solutions to complex problems;
Apply quantum theoretical techniques to complex problems;
The course begins with a survey of the foundations of quantum mechanics, using Dirac notation. It then proceeds to illustrative solutions of Schrodinger's equation, including bound-state problems, periodic potentials and scattering theory. This is followed by a study of symmetries, including displacements in time, spatial translations, rotations and angular momentum, reflections in space, and time reversal. Following this, stationary state and time-dependent perturbation theory are developed. Time permitting, Feynman's path-integral formulation of quantum mechanics will be discussed.
MA3441 - Quantum Mechanics I
This module will be examined jointly with MA3441
in a 3-hour examination in Trinity term,
except that those taking just one of the
two modules will have a 2 hour examination. Continuous assessment
will contribute 10% to the final grade for the module at the annual
examination session and at supplementals where applicable.