2017 Quantum Mechanics (EPS course)

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Academic unit or major
Undergraduate major in Earth and Planetary Sciences
Nagai Tsugunobu 
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Mon5-8(I2-318)  Thr5-8(I2-318)  
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Course description and aims

Quantum mechanics is one of the typical thoughts of modern physics, and students will learn how physics is constructed. They will also understand the structure of the hydrogen atom from the point of view of quantum mechanics.
Students will learn the basic thoughts of quantum mechanics, its concepts, fundamental equations, methods of solving typical problems, and simple applications. Each class will consist of two periods of lectures and two periods of exercises.

Student learning outcomes

This course covers quantum mechanics for students of the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences.
By the end of this course, students will be able to understand the basic concepts of quantum mechanics.


Schrodinger equation, harmonic oscillator, hydrogen atom

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

This course consists of concurrent lectures and exercises.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Why quantum mechanics is needed What classical physics cannot explain
Class 2 particle aspect of light and wave aspect of electron wave and particle
Class 3 Schrodinger equation relation to the classical physics
Class 4 stationary state, operator, eigen values what physical mathematics tells us
Class 5 particle in the 1-D potential field difference from the classical theory
Class 6 particle in the 3-D potential field energy level
Class 7 transmission and reflection probability
Class 8 1-D harmonic oscillator Hermitian polynomial
Class 9 harmonic oscillator and operator how to use operator
Class 10 Schrodinger equation in the spherically symmetric field : angular momentum Legendre's polynomial
Class 11 Schrodinger equation in the spherically symmetric field : radial equation Correspondence to the classical mechanism
Class 12 hydrogen atom 1 to solve the equation many solutions
Class 13 hydrogen atom 2 physical interpretation of equations distribution of electron
Class 14 hydrogen atom 3 He and other applications difference between H and He
Class 15 perturbation theory basic concept of perturbation


Quantum Mechanics (I) S. Koide Shokabo

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Quantum Mechanics L. I. Schiff

Assessment criteria and methods

examination and reports

Related courses

  • EPS.B203 : Mechanics (EPS course)

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

mechanics electromagnetism physical mathematics

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