Classical and Quantum Mechanics

University of Cape Town

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Classical and Quantum Mechanics

  • Host University

    University of Cape Town

  • Location

    Cape Town, South Africa

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Course entry requirements: PHY1004W, a full first-year course in Mathematics, and MAM2000W or (MAM2004H and MAM2047H) as co-requisite.

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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course outline:
    PHY2014F and PHY2015F develop the foundations of a major in Physics and together allow continuation to third year Physics. The course includes the following topics: Classical mechanics: Review of Newton's laws; inertial and non-inertial frames; constraints and d?Alembert?s principle; the Lagrangian formulation of mechanics; Noether?s theorem; symmetries and conservation laws; applications from planetry motion to rigid body motion. Quantum mechanics: The basic assumptions of quantum mechanics, solutions of Schrödinger's equation, properties of wave functions and operators, one-dimensional applications, angular momentum in quantum mechanics, three-dimensional applications, the hydrogen atom, approximate methods.

Course Disclaimer

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.