FYS2140 – Quantum Physics
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
This course gives an introduction to quantum mechanics, which describes the physics of small scales where experimental behaviour cannot be explained by classical mechanics. You will learn to use the Schrödinger equation, Heisenberg's uncertainty principle, and the Pauli principle to calculate and analyse systems that illustrate quantum mechanical phenomena. The course includes examples to explain the quantization of energy, superposition, wave-particle duality, and tunnelling. This knowledge contributes to a better understanding of elementary nuclear and particle physics, as well as the composition of atoms, molecules and materials. In seminars, you will reflect and discuss scientific questions in groups, and you will also get the opportunity to think broadly about what a particle, energy and time is.
After completing the course, you are able to:
- describe the main features of the historical development of quantum physics.
- discuss and explain the key concepts and principles of quantum physics
- solve the Schrödinger equation for standard systems with both analytical and numerical methods, and then interpret the results.
- explain the physical states of elementary particles and atoms in different systems based on quantum mechanics.
- use commutation relations to explain the outcome of measurements.
- work independently with key questions and problems in quantum physics.
Admission to the course
Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.
Special admission requirements
In addition to fulfilling the Higher Education Entrance Qualification, applicants have to meet the following special admission requirements:
- Mathematics R1 (or Mathematics S1 and S2) + R2
And in addition one of these:
- Physics (1+2)
- Chemistry (1+2)
- Biology (1+2)
- Information technology (1+2)
- Geosciences (1+2)
- Technology and theories of research (1+2)
The special admission requirements may also be covered by equivalent studies from Norwegian upper secondary school or by other equivalent studies (in Norwegian).
Recommended previous knowledge
- MAT1100 – Calculus
- MAT1110 – Calculus and Linear Algebra
- MAT1120 – Linear Algebra
- MAT-INF1100 – Modelling and Computations
- IN1900 – Introduction to Programming with Scientific Applications
- FYS-MEK1110 – Mechanics
- FYS1120 – Electromagnetism
The first lecture is mandatory. If you are unable to attend, the Department has to be informed in advance (e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org), or else you will lose your place in the course.
The course extends over a full semester with 8 hours of teaching per week:
- 4 hours of lectures
- 2 hours of group sessions
- 2 hours of problem-solving
It is mandatory to attend at least 6 group sessions (of 2 hours each); you have to attend at least 3 times before the midterm exam.
The course includes 11 weekly assignments, of which at least 3 must be submitted before the midterm exam, and at least 6 must be submitted and approved before you can take the final exam.
- Midterm home exam which counts 20 % towards the final grade.
- Final written exam which counts 80 % towards the final grade.
This course has mandatory exercises that must be approved before you can sit the final exam.
Examination support material
- Approved calculator
- Rottmann: "Matematisk formelsamling"
- Øgrim and Lian or Angell and Lian: "Fysiske størrelser og enheter"
- One A4 sheet of paper with your own handwritten notes (both sides)
Language of examination
The examination text is given in Norwegian. You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.
Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.
Resit an examination
This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more: