BIP-11805 Introduction Quantum Mechanics


Credits 5.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Course coordinator(s)ir. FJ Vergeldt
Lecturer(s)ir. FJ Vergeldt
dr. E Wientjes
Examiner(s)ir. FJ Vergeldt

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

Physics MLS (BIP-10303)

Continuation courses:

New course Atomic and Molecular Structure (BIP-xxx)


Experimental and theoretical principles of Quantum Mechanics as far as necessary for the understanding of atomic structure. E.g.: particle in a potential well, harmonic oscillator, on a ring, and on a sphere.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- understand why classical mechanics is replaced by quantum mechanics to describe the behavior of microscopic systems;
- apply the Schrödinger equation to describe the dynamics of quantum systems;
- apply the concepts of wavefunctions, the Born interpretation, observables, superposition of states, expectation values and the Heisenberg uncertainty relation;
- use these principles to describe translation motion, tunnelling, vibrational motion and rotational motion of quantum mechanical systems.


- prepare and attend the lectures, preceding the tutorials;
- learn and understand by exercises, independent and under supervision;
- participate in computer practicals.


Written examination with open questions. The minimum mark for a pass is 5.5.


Atkins, P.; de Paula, J.; Keeler, J. (2017). Atkins' Physical Chemistry, 11th ed. ISBN 9780198769866. Available at the WUR-shop.

Compulsory for: BMLMolecular Life SciencesBSc6WD