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PH5002   Foundations of Quantum Mechanics

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 15

ECTS credits : 7

Level : SCQF level 11

Semester: 1

Availability restrictions: Normally only taken in the final year of an MPhys or MSci programme involving the School

Planned timetable: 2.00 pm Mon, Tue, Fri (TBC)

This module consists of seven parts: (i) classical and quantum systems; (ii) vector spaces, Hilbert spaces, operators and probability; (iii) basic postulates of quantum mechanics for observables with discrete spectra; (iv) illustrative examples; (v) treatment of continuous observables in terms of probability distribution functions and the spectral functions; (vi) quantum theory of orbital and spin angular momenta, Pauli-Schrodinger equation and its applications; (vii) introduction to relativistic quantum mechanics.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must ( pass PH3081 or pass PH3082 or pass MT2506 and pass MT2507 ) and pass PH3061 and pass PH3062

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 3 lectures or tutorials.

Scheduled learning hours: 32

Guided independent study hours: 118

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 100%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 100%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 0%

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


Module teaching staff: Dr K Wan

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.