    Course module   NWIMOL041  Category   BA (Bachelor)  Language of instruction   English  Offered by   Radboud University; Faculty of Science; Moleculaire Wetenschappen;  Lecturer(s)     Academic year   2017   Period   KW2  (13/11/2017 to 04/02/2018) 
 Starting block   KW2  
 Course mode   fulltime  
 Remarks     Registration using OSIRIS   Yes  Course open to students from other faculties   Yes  Preregistration   No  Waiting list   No  Placement procedure    
      After this course, you
 are able to interpret the results of the solution to the Schrodinger equation by making predictions for a measurement operation based on the system’s wavefunction
 are able to construct and solve the Schrödinger equation for various model systems: a free particle, the harmonic oscillator, as well as the smallest atoms and molecules
 understand the basic principles of the operator algebra
 know the quantummechanical analogues of the classical motions translation and vibration


This course gives a broad introduction into the basics of quantum mechanics (QM) and its applications to the electronic structure of small systems. In Part 1, the fundamentals of quantum mechanics are treated.
The course starts with the postulates of QM, such as the use of wavefunctions to describe all properties of a system, and the Schrödinger equation, which describes the wavefunction's time evolution. The interpretation of the wavefunction will be given in relation to physical measurements, and is applied to such simple model systems as the particleinabox problem, tunneling, and the harmonic oscillator. As QM is in many respects drastically different from classical mechanics, extra attention will be given to those examples where our classical intuition leads to wrong conclusions in quantum mechanical situations.




• D.A. McQuarrie, Quantum Chemistry, 2nd edition 2008, University Science Books, ISBN13: 9781891389504 
• 16 hours lecture • 8 hours question session • 32 hours problem session • 28 hours individual study period 
• wave/particle duality, de Broglie wavelength • quantum mechanics postulates • Schrödinger equation; interpretation of the wavefunction • operators, commutators, expectation values; measurement postulate • particleinabox in 1, 2, or 3 dimensions; tunneling • harmonic oscillator 
Complex numbers; differential equations; basics of vector and matrix calculus. Required courses: • Mathematics 3 (NWIMOL015) • Linear algebra (NWIMOL016)
This is a course in the theme 'Physics and Mathematics'. 
   Required materialsBookD.A. McQuarrie, Quantum Chemistry, 2nd edition 2008, University Science Books 


Instructional modesLecture
 Response course
 Tutorial
 Zelfstudie

 TestsTentamenTest weight   1 
Opportunities   Block KW2, Block KW4 


  
 
 