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PHSI221 Classical and Quantum Mechanics

Classical mechanics is developed to explore applications ranging from rocket propulsion to resonance in driven systems. Introduction to quantum mechanics and the Schrödinger equation treating 1D-systems and the hydrogen atom.

The course consists of 36 lectures, and 12 two-hour workshops (one per week), which focus on problem solving. There is a weekly assignment, and a one-hour tutorial each week to assist with the assignment and other questions that may come up.

Assessment:
Final exam 60%, Assignments 30%, Workshops 10%

Important information about assessment for PHSI221

Course Coordinator

Dr Mikkel Andersen

Classical Mechanics (5 weeks)

Quantum Mechanics (7 weeks)

Classical Mechanics, John R. Taylor, University Science Books

Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, 3rd edition, by David J. Griffiths and Darrell F. Schroeter

Formal University Information

The following information is from the University’s corporate web site.

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Details

Classical mechanics is developed to explore applications ranging from rocket propulsion to resonance in driven systems. Introduction to quantum mechanics and the Schrödinger equation treating 1D-systems and the hydrogen atom.

Paper title Classical and Quantum Mechanics
Paper code PHSI221
Subject Physics
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,092.15
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,004.75

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Prerequisite
(MATH 160 or MATH 170), one of PHSI 131, PHSI 132, PHSI 191
Pre or Corequisite
MATH 170
Restriction
PHSI 231
Schedule C
Science
Notes
It is strongly recommended that students taking PHSI222 have a B grade or better in MATH160 or MATH170.
Contact

physics.office@otago.ac.nz

Teaching staff

Teaching staff to be advised

Textbooks

Classical Mechanics, John R. Taylor, Unversity Science Books

Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, Third edition, by David J. Griffiths and Darrell F. Schroeter

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will be able to

  • State Newton's laws and apply them to developing equations of motions in different situations
  • Solve classical mechanics problems using appropriate choices of coordinates and integration techniques
  • Understand and apply the energy formalism to single and multiple particle motion, ulilizing conservative forces where appropriate
  • State the time-dependent Schrödinger equation, understand how to obtain its time-independent form, and stationary states
  • Calculate properties of simple one-dimensional quantum systems
  • Understand the extension of quantum theory to three-dimensional systems and the stationary states of the hydrogen atom
  • Present written, logical and clear solutions to problems in classical mechanics and quantum mechanics
  • Work together in groups on problem solving activities

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Timetable

Semester 1

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Wednesday 10:00-10:50 9-13, 15-22
Thursday 10:00-10:50 9-13, 15-22
Friday 10:00-10:50 9-12, 15-22

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Tuesday 13:00-13:50 10-13, 15, 17, 19-22

Workshop

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Tuesday 14:00-15:50 9-13, 15-22
A2 Thursday 14:00-15:50 9-13, 15-22