2023-2024 / PHYS3033-1

Quantum physics I


35h Th, 25h Pr

Number of credits

 Bachelor in physics6 crédits 
 Master in mathematics (120 ECTS)8 crédits 
 Master in mathematics (60 ECTS)8 crédits 


Thierry Bastin

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

In this course, we teach the fundamental laws of quantum mechanics. Basic notions are explained and illustrated with exemplative cases.
More precisely, the course is structured along 6 chapters :
1. Particles and waves : Introduction to fundamental ideas of quantum mechanics
2. The Mathematical bases of quantum mechanics
3. The Quantum mechanics postulates
4. The harmonic oscillator
5. The angular momenta
6. The Hydrogen atom
Exercice learning activities are scheduled to illustrate all theoretical notions covered by the 10 chapters. Content of these additional learning activities : wave packets and 1D diffusion problems, 2 level system, perturbation theory, Zeeman effect.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

To understand to fundamental laws of quantum mechanics and what makes it different from classical mechanics.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Modern Physics
Analytical Mechanics II

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The teaching method is the ex cathedra mode. The essential of the course is presented with use of video data slides, completed with the use of the blackboard for the technical developments.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)


Recommended or required readings

The copy of all slides displayed during the lessons are available online.
The well-known book of Quantum Mechanics, I and II, by C. Cohen-Tannoudji, B. Diu and F. Laloë (Hermann and Wiley-Vch, Paris, 2005), is a recommended reading.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( open-ended questions )

Additional information:

Final written examination (theory + exercices) in the January session. Weighting: theory 60 / exercices 40.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


Thierry Bastin

Département de Physique

I.P.N.A.S., Bât. B15, Sart Tilman


Tél: 04/366.36.93

e-mail: T.Bastin@uliege.be

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