Quantum and Classical Mechanics (for LST)

Faculteit Science and Engineering
Jaar 2022/23
Vakcode WBLT016-05
Vaknaam Quantum and Classical Mechanics (for LST)
Niveau(s) bachelor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I b
Rooster rooster.rug.nl

Uitgebreide vaknaam Quantum and Classical Mechanics (for LST)
Leerdoelen At the end of the course, the student is able to:
1. apply the classical equations of motion to describe behaviour of simple mechanical model systems and apply them to understand relevant LST problems.

2. perform simple calculations that determine mechanical properties of biological systems, such as stiffness of bones and oscillations frequencies of body parts that behave like springs.

3. understand the basic concepts of quantum mechanics, especially in terms of the difference with respect to classical mechanics and apply them to understand quantum mechanical aspects of life science systems.

4. make simple quantum mechanical calculations and numerical estimates in relation to principles that are relevant for LST, in particular in relation to chemical bonding, nuclear magnetic resonance, and molecular fluorescence.

5. use knowledge and understanding of quantum and classical mechanics while participating in discussions with researchers from the field associated with LST, in lab situations, scientific conferences and high-tech companies.
Omschrijving The course gives an introduction to principles of classical and quantum mechanics, with emphasis on aspects that are relevant for understanding biological systems and techniques used in the life sciences. The first part focuses on the classical equations of motion. These will be worked out for simple model systems, and applied to mechanistic model descriptions of bio-materials and the human body. The second part of the course focuses on quantum mechanics. After a start that explains the foundations and differences with classical mechanics, the course introduces several main concepts such as the wave function, quantum superposition states, the Heisenberg uncertainty relation and the Pauli exclusion principle. This basis is worked out further in a few case studies of phenomena that are important for LST, such as chemical bonding, nuclear magnetic resonance and molecular fluorescence. Problem solving by the students is an important part of the course.
Uren per week
Onderwijsvorm Hoorcollege (LC), Werkcollege (T)
(Lectures: 32 hours. Tutorials: 32 hours.)
Toetsvorm Opdracht (AST), Schriftelijk tentamen (WE)
(Each part - written exam and three assignments are scored at the scale 0 to 10. The final score is a weighted average (70% WE and 10% per each assignment). For passing the course the grade of the written exam has to be 5 or higher.)
Vaksoort bachelor
Coördinator J.L. Slawinska, PhD.
Docent(en) V. Eric, MSc. , J. Hendriks, MSc. , H. Jafari, MSc. ,prof. dr. ir. C.H. van der Wal
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Every week a reader is made available. Each week the students get a problem set. The students will also get a list of short movies to watch on Youtube (and similar) each week. Two lecturers of the course
Entreevoorwaarden The course builds on knowledge from Calculus for LST (WBLT006-05) and Optics (WBLT001-05).
Opgenomen in
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