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Module MA3442: Quantum Mechanics II

Credit weighting (ECTS)
5 credits
Semester/term taught
Hilary term 2012-13
Contact Hours
11 weeks, 3 lectures including tutorials per week
Prof. Michael Fry
Learning Outcomes
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;
Module Content
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.
Module Prerequisite
MA3441 - Quantum Mechanics I
Assessment Detail
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.