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PH3061   Quantum Mechanics 1

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 10

ECTS credits : 5

Level : SCQF level 9

Semester: 1

Planned timetable: 9.00 am Tue, Thu (TBC)

This module introduces the main features of quantum mechanics. The syllabus includes: early ideas on quantisation, the emergence of the Schrödinger equation, the interpretation of the wave function and Heisenberg's uncertainty relation. The concepts of eigenfunctions and eigenvalues. Simple one-dimensional problems including potential wells and the harmonic oscillator. Solution of the Schrödinger equation for central forces, the radial Schrödinger equation, and the hydrogen atom.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass PH2012 and ( pass MT2501 and pass MT2503 )

Co-requisite(s): You must also take PH3081 or take PH3082 or ( pass MT2506 and pass MT2507 )

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 2 lectures and fortnightly tutorials.

Scheduled learning hours: 27

Guided independent study hours: 73

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 80%, Coursework (incl Class Test 14%)= 20%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 94%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 6%

Re-assessment: Oral Re-assessment, capped at grade 7


Module teaching staff: Dr A Kohnle

Additional information from school

Please see also the information in the School's Handbook for Honours modules available via This link also gives access to timetables for the modules.