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761313A Atomic physics 1, 5 ECTS cr 
Code 761313A  Validity 01.08.2017 -
Name Atomic physics 1  Abbreviation Atomic physics 
Scope5 ECTS cr   
Type Intermediate Studies Discipline3251 Physics 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit Field of Physics 

Saana-Maija Huttula 

ECTS Credits 

5 ECTS credits

Language of instruction 



Second autumn term

Learning outcomes 

Student can explain the development of the atomic model. Student is able to describe some interaction mechanisms of electromagnetic radiation and matter. Student can resolve easy quantum mechanical problems. Student can describe the principles used when the wave functions and energies of some simple systems are determined. Student can take advantage of the periodic table of elements in finding the chemical and physical properties of atoms based on its electronic structure.


In the beginning of the course, the historical events which led to the development of the quantum mechanics and the modern atomic model in the early 20th century are discussed. In this context, the interaction processes between matter and electromagnetic radiation, like black-body radiation, the photoelectric effect, and scattering, are examined. In quantum mechanics, particles are usually described with the aid of wave functions. De Broglie wavelength, the group and phase velocities of particles, and Heisenberg uncertainty principle serve as an introduction to the wave properties of particles. The Bohr’s atomic model, electronic transitions of atoms, and emission spectra of atoms are also discussed. The first touch to the quantum mechanics is the solutions of wave functions and energies for some simple systems, like hydrogen atom, are described. Additionally, many-electron atoms are discussed briefly. Some modern research methods which are used to study the atomic physics are introduced. Applications which exploit the atom physical phenomena in everyday life are also discussed.

Mode of delivery 

Face-to-face teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods 

Lectures 28 h, 7 exercises, self-study 90 h

Target group 

No specific target qroup

Prerequisites and co-requisites 

No specific prerequisites

Recommended optional programme components 

No alternative course units or course units that should be completed simultaneously

Recommended or required reading 

Books: A. Beiser: Concepts of Modern Physics, McGraw-Hill Inc.

Assessment methods and criteria 

Group or individual excercises, webexcercises or final exam.


Numerical grading scale 0 – 5, where 0 = fail

Person responsible 

Saana-Maija Huttula

Working life cooperation 

No work placement period


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Functions Name Type ECTS cr Teacher Schedule
registration period has not begun Atomic physics 1  Course  Saana-Maija Huttula  26.10.20 -18.12.20

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