Quantum Mechanics (FYS320)

The course gives an introduction to quantum mechanics.

Course description for study year 2024-2025. Please note that changes may occur.


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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).

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.

Required prerequisite knowledge

FYS100 Mechanics

Recommended prerequisites

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


Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written exam 1/1 4 Hours Letter grades Specified printed and hand-written means are allowed. Definite, basic calculator allowed

Exam is with pen and paper

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator:

Olena Zavorotynska

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 for

Mathematics and Physics - Five Year Integrated Master's Degree Programme

Course assessment

There must be an early dialogue between the course supervisor, the student union representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital subject evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.


The syllabus can be found in Leganto