Course syllabus

Kvantfysikaliska koncept
Concepts in Quantum Physics

FAFA55, 9 credits, G1 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2014/15
Decided by: Education Board B
Date of Decision: 2014-04-08

General Information

Main field: Technology.
Compulsory for: F1
Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish


Quantum mechanics is a theory that forms the foundation of all modern physics. Quantum physics also covers phenomena and ideas that are entirely different from classical (Newtonian) physics. The aim of this class is to give an introduction to quantum physics and its ideas, and to show examples of how quantum physics is used in modern technology. The intention is to the show the central roll that new, fundamental physics plays in modern technological developments, and to motivate for continued studies. The couse also provides an opportunity to reflect about the different and fascinating world of ideas in quantum mechanics.

For most course participants, this will be the first physics course at the university. A second central aim is therefore to introduce study and working techniques for continued studies.


Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must


Much emphasis will be placed upon concepts and terminology, and on the ability to interpret simple equations in terms of physical concepts and vice versa. Lab exercises will be used to visualize and illustrate abstract concepts. In this way, students get the opportunity to directly observe quantum mechanical phenomena by electrical and optical measurements on materials and devices relevant to optical communication and high speed electronics.


Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: A passing grade requires a passing grade on the written exam as well as approved assignments, project and labs with written and oral presentations.

Code: 0112. Name: Laboratory Exercises and Project.
Credits: 3. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Passed laboratory exercises and project
Code: 0212. Name: Written Exam and Home Assignments.
Credits: 6. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Passed written exam and passed home assignments


Required prior knowledge: FMAA05 Calculus in one variable (studied in parallel)
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: fafa10, fafa05, fafa50

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Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Heiner Linke,
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