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Quantum Mechanics

This is the study programme for 2019/2020. It is subject to change.

The course gives an introduction to quantum mechanics.

Learning outcome

After taking this course, the student shall be able to:
  • Formulate the basic concepts of quantum mechanics.
  • Apply the laws of quantum mechanics to simple problems.


Wave function and Schrödinger equation. One-dimensional problems (harmonic oscillator, tunnelling, scattering states). Basic postulates of quantum mechanics, (non)commuting observables, uncertainty principle. Angular momentum and three-dimensional problems. Raising and lowering operators. Atomic and molecular spectra. Mathematical intermezzo (Fourier transform, eigenvalue problems, linear algebra in the Dirac notation). Spin. Time evolution. Interaction with electromagnetic fields (Landau levels, spin resonance, electromagnetic transitions). Systems of many particles.

Required prerequisite knowledge

FYS100 Physics

Recommended previous knowledge

FYS100 Physics, FYS200 Thermo- and Fluid Dynamics, FYS300 Electromagnetism and Special Relativity, MAT100 Mathematical Methods 1, MAT200 Mathematical Methods 2, MAT210 Real and Complex Calculus, MAT300 Vector Analysis


Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written exam1/14 hoursA - FSpecified printed and hand-written means are allowed. Definite, basic calculator allowed.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator
Alexander Karl Rothkopf
Course teacher
Daniel Alvestad
Head of Department
Bjørn Henrik Auestad

Method of work

6 hrs lectures and 2 hrs exercises.

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (BIT370_1) 5

Open to

Bachelor studies at the Faculty of Science and Technology. Master studies at the Faculty of Science and Technology.

Course assessment

By official forms and/or discussions.


Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, David J. Griffiths
Modern Quantum Mechanics, Jun J. Sakurai
Lecture Notes prepared by the lecturer

This is the study programme for 2019/2020. It is subject to change.

Sist oppdatert: 27.05.2020