This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

The course gives an introduction to quantum mechanics.

Learning outcome

After taking this course, the student shall be able to:
  • Formulate the basic concepts of quantum mechanics.
  • Apply the laws of quantum mechanics to simple problems.


Wave function and Schrödinger equation. One-dimensional problems (harmonic oscillator, tunnelling, scattering states). Basic postulates of quantum mechanics, (non)commuting observables, uncertainty principle. Angular momentum and three-dimensional problems. Raising and lowering operators. Atomic and molecular spectra. Mathematical intermezzo (Fourier transform, eigenvalue problems, linear algebra in the Dirac notation). Spin. Time evolution. Interaction with electromagnetic fields (Landau levels, spin resonance, electromagnetic transitions).

Required prerequisite knowledge

FYS100 Mechanics

Recommended previous knowledge

FYS100 Mechanics, FYS200 Thermo- and Fluid Dynamics, FYS300 Electromagnetism and Special Relativity, FYS330 Micro Physics, MAT100 Mathematical Methods 1, MAT200 Mathematical Methods 2, MAT210 Real and Complex Calculus, MAT300 Vector Analysis


Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written exam1/14 hoursA - FSpecified printed and hand-written means are allowed. Definite, basic calculator allowed.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator
Alexander Karl Rothkopf
Head of Department
Bjørn Henrik Auestad

Method of work

6 hrs lectures and 2 hrs exercises.

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (BIT370_1) 5

Open to

Mathematics and Physics - Bachelor's Degree Programme
Mathematics and Physics, 5-year integrated Master's Programme

Course assessment

By official forms and/or discussions.


Link to reading list

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

Sist oppdatert: 06.08.2020