Introductory Quantum Physics

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Type of exam

Oral exam


the class is for third year students in Biology (the final grade will include the class in Termodynamics and Statistical Physics). prerequisites are the former SNS courses in Maths and Physics.


1. Introduction to quantum mechanics

Waves and particles. Wave-particle duality and uncertainty principle. Wave function. Schroedinger equation and stationary states. Expectation values. Examples: potential well and harmonic oscillator. Transition probability and selection rules.

2. Atomic physics

First atomic models and their shortcomings. Hydrogen atom: energy spectrum, angular momentum and eigenfunctions. Electron spin. Pauli exclusion principle. Helium atom, singlet and triplet states. Many-electron atoms, periodic system of  elements. Atomic spectroscopy.

3.Molecular physics

The ionized hydrogen molecule. The hydrogen molecule. Homonuclear and heteronuclear diatomic molecules. Polyatomic molecules. Molecular vibrations. Molecular Spectroscopy.

Educational aims

Become familiar with the basic concepts of quantum mechanics. Develop an elementary microscopic description of the properties of atoms and molecules.

Bibliographical references

Alonso-Finn: “Fundamental university physics, vol. 3: quantum and statistical physics” 

handouts will be provided by the teacher