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PX101 - Quantum Phenomena

  • Module code: PX101
  • Module name: Quantum Phenomena
  • Department: Physics
  • Credit: 6

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The module describes how the discovery of effects which could not be explained using classical physics led to the development of quantum theory. The module develops the ideas of wave-particle duality and introduces the wave theory of matter based on Schrödinger's equation.

Principal learning outcomes

At the end of the module you should be able to: Discuss how key pieces of experimental evidence implied a wave-particle duality for both light and matter; Discuss the background to and issues surrounding Schrödinger's equation. This includes the interpretation of the wavefunction and the role of wavepackets and stationary states; Manipulate the time-independent Schrödinger equation for simple 1-dimensional potentials.

Timetabled teaching activities

15 Lectures + 5 problems classes

Departmental link

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/physics/teach/syllabi/year1/px101

Other essential notes

This module begins by showing how classical physics is unable to explain the properties of light, electrons and atoms. (Theories in physics, which make no reference to quantum theory, are usually called classical theories.) It then deals with the most important contributions to the development of quantum physics including those of: Planck, who first suggested that the energy in a light wave comes in discrete units or 'quanta'; Einstein, whose theory of the photoelectric effect implied a 'duality' between particles and waves; Bohr, who suggested a theory of the atom that assumed that not only energy but also angular momentum was quantised; and Schrödinger who wrote down the first wave-equations to describe matter.

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
6 CATS (Module code: PX101-6)
B (Examination only) 1 hour examination (Summer) 100%
VA (Visiting students only) 100% assessment visiting/exchange PART-YEAR ONLY 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core
  • Undergraduate Physics (BSc) (F300) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Physics (MPhys) (F303) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Physics (BSc MPhys) (F304) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Physics and Business Studies (F3N1) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Physics (MMathPhys) (FG31) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Physics (BSc MMathPhys) (FG33) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Physics (BSc) (GF13) - Year 1
Optional Core

N/A

Optional
  • Undergraduate Mathematics (BSc) (G100) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Mathematics with Intercalated Year (G101) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Mathematics (MMath) (G103) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Mathematics (MMath) with Study in Europe (G106) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics (BSc MMathStat) (G1G3) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Business Studies (with Intercalated Year) (G1N2) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Business Studies (G1NC) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Master of Mathematics,Operational Research,Statistics and Economics (G300) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics (BSc) (GG14) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Economics (GL11) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Economics (with Intercalated Year) (GL12) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Philosophy (GV17) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Philosophy with Intercalated Year (GV18) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Mathematics,Operational Research,Statistics and Economics (Y602) - Year 1