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PH3062   Quantum Mechanics 2

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 10

ECTS credits : 5

Level : SCQF level 9

Semester: 2

Planned timetable: 9.00 am Wed, Fri (TBC)

This module explores more of the key concepts of quantum mechanics, assuming a knowledge of the material in PH3061. The syllabus includes time-independent and time-dependent perturbation theory, including the treatment of degenerate states. The course includes a matrix description of spin, the Bloch sphere representation of spin, systems of interacting spins, and the quantum mechanics of a system of identical particles, which leads to the distinction between fermions and bosons.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass PH3061 and ( pass at least 1 module from {PH3081, PH3082} or pass 2 modules from {MT2506, 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 15%) = 20%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 95%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 5%

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.