Quantum Physics

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Quantum Physics

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    MATH 243, PHYS 221, 222

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Quantum mechanics theory including orbital and spin angular momentum. Quantum systems including the hydrogen atom, vibrational and rotational states of molecules, the deuteron.

    Course content
    Introduction and Reminder

    • Basic observations/phenomena of quantum physics
    • Fundamental ramifications of particle-wave duality
    • Formal concepts, Simple systems & their features
    • Quantum technologies: Scope & current state

    Superposition & complementarity as general quantum-physical principles

    • Examples/Motivation
    • Quantum state as a formal concept
    • Representation of observables as operators
    • Measurement - compatibility, complementarity & uncertainty

    Application of general principles to complex quantum systems

    • Quantum oscillator as a paradigmatic system
    • Quantum dynamics: Schr ödinger equation in 3D
    • Theory of angular momentum
    • Time-independent perturbation theory

    Course learning objectives
    Students who pass this course should be able to:

    • Write down and solve the time-dependent and time-independent Schrödinger equations for selected types of potentials.
    • Recognise, and interpret physically, the salient features of solutions of the time-independent Schrödinger equation for the harmonic oscillator and the Coulomb potential.
    • Discuss and apply the general concept of a quantum state, including its representation using Dirac's bra-ket notation and the meaning of the wave function.
    • Discuss ramifications of the representation of observables in terms of operators, including measurement uncertainty.
    • Understand the quantum theory of angular momentum - both orbital and spin, including addition of angular momenta.
    • State, and explain the basics of, important applications of quantum physics and/or the current state of quantum technologies.
    • Demonstrate mastery of mathematical and laboratory skills relevant to the course topics.
    • Consistently demonstrate safe laboratory practice and conduct experiments in a safe manner.

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