IF1621 Quantum Mechanics I 7.5 credits

Kvantmekanik I

Please note

This course has been cancelled.

  • Education cycle

    First cycle
  • Main field of study

  • Grading scale

    A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Last planned examination: spring 15.

At present this course is not scheduled to be offered.

Intended learning outcomes

The purpose of the course is to gain understanding of quantum mechanical concepts and phenomena as well as through practical excercises being able to solve simple quantum mechanical problems. After the course the student should be able to:- solve the time dependent Schrödinger-equation for discrete two-level systems and being able to apply this to simple problems involving electron spin and photon polarisation.- understand the quantum mechanical description of the measurement process and concepts such as complementarity and the uncertainty relation.- solve the Schrödinger equation for the continous case for simple potentials such as the quantum well and the harmonic oscillator.- use approximation methods such as perturbation theory and variational calculus.- understand and use the rules for additions of spin and angular momenta.- solve the Schrödinger equation for hydrogen like atoms.- understand the principles behind chemical bonding. 

Course main content

In the first part of the course we highlight important concepts such as quantum state, observables, Schrödinger equation, uncertainty relation and several of the methods we will use to calculate physical properties of systems. This is illustrated by studying simple discrete quantum systems whose mathematical description only makes use of linear algebra. Throughout the course we continue to develop these methods to be able to study more complex systems. When doing this we introduce continous systems and study in detail some important cases such as; the quantum well, the harmonic


Knowledge corresponding to courses in elementary calculus in one or several variables, linear algebra, classical mechanics, and thermodynamics and waves.


Introduction  to Quantum mechanics , D.J. GriffithsUpplaga:  Förlag: Prentice Hall År: 2005ISBN: 0131118927  Quantum Mechanics Demystified, David McMahonUpplaga:  Förlag: Mc Graw Hill År: 2005ISBN: 0-0-7-145546- Övrig litteraturFöreläsningsanteckningar, exempelsamling, laborationshandledningLecture notes, manual with solved problems, laboratory excercise instruction  Undervisningsspråk: Svenska


  • TEN1 - Examination, 7.5, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

The course has a written exam and a laboration. In order to have a passing grade both the exam as well as the laboration should be approved.

Requirements for final grade

Written exam at the end of the course.

Offered by

ICT/Material Physics


Henry Radamson


Anders Hallén <ahallen@kth.se>

Supplementary information

During the course home assignment will occur.


Course syllabus valid from: Autumn 2008.
Examination information valid from: Autumn 2007.