 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 the Part 1, the fundamentals of quantum mechanics are treated, with such simple examples as the particleinabox problem, tunneling, and the harmonic oscillator. The course starts with the postulates of QM. On the basis of the postulates, we will describe simple systems with their corresponding wavefunctions. The interpretation of the wavefunction idea will be given in relation to physical measurements on these systems. Because 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 quantummechanical 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 
The course will be taught in English. 
• wave/particle duality, de Broglie wavelength • quantum mechanics postulates • Schrödinger equation; interpretation of the wavefunction • operators, commutators, expectation values; measurements postlate • particleinabox in 1, 2, or 3 dimensions; tunneling • harmonic oscillator • radial Schrödinger equation and the rigid rotor. 
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 

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