Course syllabus

Quantum Mechanics and Mathematical Methods
Kvantmekanik och matematiska metoder

FMFF15, 7.5 credits, G2 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2024/25
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering LTH
Decided by: PLED F/Pi
Date of Decision: 2024-04-15
Effective: 2024-05-08

General Information

Depth of study relative to the degree requirements: First cycle, in-depth level of the course cannot be classified
Mandatory for: N4-nf
Elective for: E4, N4-hn
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English on demand


The student should after completing the course have a basic knowledge of quantum mechanics and mathematical methods of physics in order to continue studies in specializations towards nanophysics, highspeed- and nanoelectronics and photonics.

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


Quantum mechanics: Formalism of quantum mechanics: The Schrödinger equation as eigenvalue equation. Hermitian operators representing physical quantities, eigenvalues and eigenfunctions. The harmonic oscillator. Calculation Methodology: First order perturbation theory, variational methods and matrix diagonalization. Spherical coordinates and angular momentum. Applications to the hydrogen atom and atomic structure. Spin and magnetic interactions. Periodic potential. Bloch wave functions.
Mathematical Methods: Partial differential equations - classification and boundary conditions. General information on the eigenfunctions of operators. Bessel functions. Applications to cylindrical symmetry problems. Legendre polynomials. Spherical harmonic functions.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH - (U, 3, 4, 5) - (Fail, Three, Four, Five)
Assessment: Written exam, hand-ins, computer project.

The examiner, in consultation with Disability Support Services, may deviate from the regular form of examination in order to provide a permanently disabled student with a form of examination equivalent to that of a student without a disability.

Code: 0110. Name: Quantum Mechanics and Mathematical Methods.
Credits: 7.5. Grading scale: TH - (U, 3, 4, 5).


Assumed prior knowledge: FAFA10 Quantum Phenomena and Nanotechnology, FMFF20 Mathematical Methods of Nanotechnology.
The number of participants is limited to: No
Kursen överlappar följande kurser: FAF245 FAFF10 FMA021

Reading list


Course coordinator: Gillis Carlsson,
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