ATOMS AND QUANTA - 2020/1
Module code: PHY1040
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This module identifies the new theories necessary to describe physical processes when we go beyond the normal speeds and sizes experienced in everyday life. A review of new phenomena that led to the development of quantum theory follows naturally into an introduction to the theory of atomic structure. Along the way, the Schrödinger equation is introduced and elementary applications are considered. Several important aspects of the structure and spectroscopy of atoms are considered in detail.
The basis is laid for the study of the properties of matter in more detail at higher levels.
LOTAY Gavin (Physics)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 4
JACs code: F370
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Indicative content includes:
Introduction 2 hours The need for quantum theory, outline of course.
Quanta of light 5 hours Electromagnetic waves and light, blackbody radiation, photoelectric effect, Compton effect.
Wave-particle duality 3 hours De Broglie hypothesis, Born interpretation, Heisenberg uncertainty principle.
Quantum mechanics 6 hours Arguments leading to the Schrödinger equation, solution for a free particle, wave functions, solution for a particle in a box, implications for energy quantization.
Quantum structure of atoms 8 hours Atomic spectra, Franck-Hertz experiment, spectral lines for hydrogen, Bohr model, hydrogen atom in quantum mechanics, electron spin (Stern-Gerlach experiment), Zeeman effect.
Multi-electron atoms 10 hours Pauli exclusion principle, shell structure, low levels of alkali atoms, characteristic x-rays, optical spectra, addition (coupling) of angular momentum, helium spectrum.
Molecules 2 hours
Topics of experiments will include: Fabry-Perot etalon; Millikan’s oil drop; speed of light; thermal radiation; Planck’s constant.
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Practical based assessment||LABORATORY DIARIES & POSTER/REPORT||30|
|Examination||END OF SEMESTER 2HR EXAMINATION||70|
Assessed Laboratory Diary Mark and Report/Poster UoA may be assessed by two laboratory experiments, two diaries and two written reports.
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate
recall of subject knowledge
ability to apply individual components of subject knowledge to simple problems
ability to synthesise and apply combined areas of subject knowledge to complex problems
competence in undertaking and analysing experimental work
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
A laboratory diary mark (continuous assessment)
A laboratory report mark (end of semester)
a 2h final examination with 5/5 short questions to be answered, and 2/3 longer questions to be answered
Formative assessment and feedback
Verbal feedback will be given in tutorials, and during the laboratory sessions. Written feedback will be given when marking the lab diary.
The Laboratory unit of assessment has a qualifying mark of 40%.
- provide an understanding of the principles underlying elementary quantum theory and their experimental foundation.
- develop quantum principles so that the meaning and the use of the Schrödinger equation can be appreciated.
- instill a knowledge of the shell and orbital structure of atoms, and key effects such as fine structure.
- provide a broad foundation for further studies of atomic, nuclear and solid state phenomena,
- provide an introduction to spectroscopic notation and angular momentum coupling.
- via the laboratory, reinforce concepts from lectures. The aims of the laboratory are to build on the foundation of previous practical classes when conducting experiments to verify theory and to improve understanding. Another aim is to develop skills in analysing data. The importance of keeping a laboratory notebook (diary) and the clear presentation of results will be stressed.
|001||State the reasons behind energy quantization in atoms and other physical systems||K|
|002||Describe basic quantum phenomena and atomic structure including fine structure||K|
|003||Recognize the Schrödinger equation and describe in principle how it is solved||K|
|004||Describe the basic rules for coupling two angular momenta in quantum mechanics||K|
|005||Deduce atomic electron configurations and describe them using spectroscopic notation;||C|
|006||Explain basic results in atomic spectroscopy including selection rules and the atomic hydrogen spectrum;||K|
|007||Undertake a higher level course that includes learning explicitly how to solve the Schrödinger equation.||KC|
|008||Perform an experiment of intermediate difficulty, developing practical, analytical and computational skills, by following written instruction.||CP|
|009||Obtain data with good accuracy, to evaluate the precision of the results, and to draw conclusions from the data through numerical analysis.||C|
|010||Keep a comprehensive diary of activity, recording results in a form useful to others, and to complete a report, based on the diary, in the style of a scientific paper. The specific practical skills gained will vary according to the assignment of experiments.||P|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Overall student workload
Independent Study Hours: 84
Lecture Hours: 22
Tutorial Hours: 11
Laboratory Hours: 88
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:
equip students with subject knowledge
develop skills in applying subject knowledge to physical situations
develop practical laboratory skills
The learning and teaching methods include:
lecture-based classes with accompanying tutorials as 3h/week for 11 weeks
laboratory classes 20h overall, spread through the semester
Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.
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Programmes this module appears in
|Physics with Nuclear Astrophysics MPhys||2||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Physics with Astronomy MPhys||2||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Physics with Nuclear Astrophysics BSc (Hons)||2||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Physics with Astronomy BSc (Hons)||2||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Physics with Quantum Technologies MPhys||2||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Physics with Quantum Technologies BSc (Hons)||2||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Physics BSc (Hons)||2||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Physics MPhys||2||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Mathematics and Physics BSc (Hons)||2||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Mathematics and Physics MPhys||2||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Mathematics and Physics MMath||2||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
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