Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


After the course, the student

1. knows the basics of wave propagation

2. can explain the formation of intensity distribution in interference and diffraction patterns

3. knows the Heisenberg's uncertainty principle and the wave-particle dualism in quantum mechanics

4. can solve simple quantum mechanical systems using Schrödinger's equation

5. can identify properties of atoms and condensed matter based on quantum mechanics

Credits: 5

Schedule: 19.04.2021 - 04.06.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Erkki Thuneberg

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Erkki Thuneberg

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Interference, diffraction, dispersion, group- and phase velocity. Heisenberg's uncertainty principle, wave-particle dualism. Schrödinger's equation, statistical nature of quantum mechanics. Quantum numbers, Pauli exclusion principle, spin and periodic table of elements.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Teaching methods: preliminary exercises, lectures, exercises, small group work, and exam or take-home exam.

    Assessment methods: preliminary exercises, exercises, small group work, and exam or take-home exam as a part of the course.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    48 h contact teaching

    70 h self-study


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Young & Freedman, University Physics with Modern Physics, 15th edition, Pearson 2019. Other extra material distributed via MyCourses-pages.

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Tfy-0.1064 Fysiikka 4, PHYS-A0140/PHYS-A1140/PHYS-A2140/PHYS-A5140 Structure of Matter

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Basic concepts in physics.

Registration for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Registration via WebOodi.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    The course is still under planning. Once more information is available, it will be put here.


Further Information
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The course is intended mainly for students of Quantum Technology Major in Aalto BSc Programme in Science and Technology. If there is room in the course, students from the Engineering Physics and Mathematics major and other students can be admitted in order of registration.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    The course is still under planning. Once more information is available, it will be put here.