Highgrove Education

Advanced Quantum Physics

This course will explore ideas encountered in the A level Physics syllabus and go beyond them. We start by recapping wave particle duality and quantisation of energy. We then explain energy levels using a rectangular one-dimensional “potential well” and discuss the quantum atom and the Bohr model, deriving energy levels for the hydrogen atom using this model. We learn about wavefunction and the Copenhagen interpretation, Everett’s many-world theory and Feynman’s sum over histories theory. We also learn about Schrodinger’s cat thought experiment and its use in explaining quantum phenomena. Finally, we look at Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle and its importance. 

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Key Information

COURSE SYLLABUS

TEACHER PROFILE

Access Course Enrolment:
  • Enrolment in our pre-GCSE or pre-A level access course.
  • Access to our self-study materials and platform, live class lessons, and individual teacher support in Office Hours.
  • Weekly teacher-marked homework.
  • Half termly reports.
  • Support from our SENDCo for pupils with special educational needs or disabilities, including assessment for access arrangement entitlement.
  • Support with English for pupils whose first language is not English.
  • A Highgrove Education Office365 account, including Teams, SharePoint and a school email
DepartmentScience
TeacherDr Lampros Andrinopoulos, Physics and Mathematics Teacher
Course Length10 weeks 
Live LessonsOne 45-minute lesson per week
HomeworkApproximately half an hour a week 
ExaminationNone 
Entry RequirementsPupils must be taking Physics at AS or A level, or pass an entry test to check their level of physics prior to joining this elective. 

Course Syllabus

Lesson 1Photoelectric effect 
Lesson 2Wave-particle duality
Lesson 3Schrodinger's cat, Copenhagen interpretation and alternative interpretations
Lesson 4The Bohr model
Lesson 5The Schrodinger equation and the infinite potential well
Lesson 6The finite potential well
Lesson 7Operators, eigenfuctions, eigenvalues, Heisenberg uncertain principle
Lesson 8The hydrogen atom
Lesson 9Angular momentum
Lesson 10Spin 

Teacher Profile

Dr Lampros Andrinopoulos studied a Master’s in Physics with Theoretical Physics at Imperial College London, where he also completed his PhD on dispersion interactions in density functional theory. He earned his teaching qualification (PGCE) in 2015 from Canterbury Christ Church University and has taught in a variety of schools since then, including Latymer, St Paul’s Girls’ School, and Harrow School Online.