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: 19.04.2022 - 01.06.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

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

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

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    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 for whole curriculum period:

    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.

  • applies in this implementation

    Small group work is cancelled. Written exam at school.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    48 h contact teaching

    70 h self-study

  • applies in this implementation

    24 h lectures, 12 h exercise session in class, 80 h self-study


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

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

Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    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.

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Spring V

    2021-2022 Spring V

    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: In the academic year 2021-2022, registration for courses will take place on Sisu ( instead of WebOodi.

    Registration via WebOodi.