Course Description

Course Name

Quantum and Thermal Physics

Session: VDNS3121

Hours & Credits

18 Credit Points

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


Introduction to the fundamental microscopic and macroscopic theories of matter. Quantum physics: wave-particle duality, the uncertainty principle, the measurement problem. Thermodynamics; principles of statistical mechanics. Classical mechanics.

This paper covers three major topics in physics. The Classical Mechanics section presents a mathematically rigorous account of Newton's laws, mechanics and harmonic oscillators. The Quantum Mechanics section introduces the wave function, Schrodinger's equations and applications. The Thermal Physics section introduces the laws of thermodynamics and statistical mechanics for isolated systems and systems connected to a thermal reservoir.

Learning Outcomes
After completing this paper students will be able to:

  • State the basic principles of three key topics in physics: Newtonian classical mechanics, introductory wave-function-based quantum mechanics and thermal physics (thermodynamics, microcanonical and canonical statistical mechanics)
  • Apply these principles, in conjunction with mathematical and statistical techniques, to solve problems in these three topic areas
  • Present a solution to a physics problem in a clear and logical written form and be able to assess whether a solution is physically reasonable
  • Locate and use additional sources of information, such as text books and discussion with peers, to facilitate problem solving

*Course content subject to change