|3143 A||3143 B|
Location: Howey L5
Location: Howey S105A
"A modern approach to Quantum Mechanics". 2nd Edition. John. S. Townsend ISBN 978-1-891389-78-8.
PHYS 2212 or 2232 (Intro Physics II), MATH 2552 or 2562 (Differential Equations).
This course will teach you the basic principles of Quantum Mechanics. You will learn theoretical principles and problem solving skills applied to the quantum world of atoms, molecules and photons. The knowledge obtained in this class will serve as a foundation for further advanced classes such as Quantum Mechanics II (PHYS 4143), Statistical Mechanics (PHYS 4142), and various electives.
The tests will last 80 minutes and will cover the material presented since the previous test. Students are allowed to bring their own materials to the tests (class notes, books etc.) Use of internet-enabled devices during the tests is prohibited. The final exam will cover all the material studied in the course. It will last 2 hours 50 minutes and will be scheduled according to institute policy
Grading Scale: 90- 100% = A; 80 - 89% = B; 70 - 79% = C; 60 - 69% = D; 0 - 59% = F.
3143 A: TU, TH 1:30pm - 3:00pm and by appointment.
3143 B: After class and by appointment.
This course will be taught by
conventional lecture methods. Attendance for all lectures is strongly encouraged.
Successful completion of this course will require a sustained effort on your
part to keep up with the material and understand the topics Students
excused by the Institute under section IV.B.3 of the Student Rules and
Regulations must make alternative quiz-taking arrangements at least a
week in advance. Students whose presence elsewhere is required by a court of
law, or for whom accommodation for an absence is requested by the Office of the
Dean of Students, must substitute their final exam grade for the grade of the
missed quiz Note that the Office of the Dean of Students will not make such a request for "routine matters" such as short-term illness, doctor appointments, wedding attendance, job interviews, and the like.
Homework due dates and test dates will be announced in class.
|August||22 Tue||Stern-Gerlach Experiments||1.1-1.2|
|24 Thu||Stern-Gerlach Experiments, The Quantum State Vector||1.3-1.6|
|29 Tue||Matrix Mechanics, Rotation Operators||2.1-2.2|
|31 Thu||The Identity and Projection Operators, Matrix Representation of Operators||2.3-2.4|
|September||5 Tue||Changing Representations, Expectation Values||2.5-2.6||Chapter 1,
|7 Thu||Rotations, Generators, Commuting Operators||3.1-3.2|
|12 Tue||Classes canceled due to inclement weather.|
|14 Thu||Review||Chapter 2,
|19 Tue||Quiz 1|
|21 Thu||The Eigenvalues and Eigenstates of Angular Momentum||3.3-3.4|
|26 Tue||Uncertainty Relations and Angular Momentum, The Spin-½ Eigenvalue Problem||3.5-3.6|
|28 Thu||A Stern-Gerlach Experiment with Spin-1 Particles||3.7||Chapter 3,
|October||3 Tue||The Hamiltonian and the Schrodinger Equation, Time Dependence of Expectation Values||4.1-4.2|
|5 Thu||Precession of a Spin-½ Particle in a Magnetic Field||4.3||Chapter 3,
|10 Tue||Magnetic Resonance||4.4|
|12 Thu||Student Recess|
|17 Tue||Review||Chapter 4,
|19 Thu||Quiz 2|
|24 Tue||Position Eigenstates and the Wave Function, The Translation Operator||6.1-6.2|
|26 Thu||The Generator of Translations, The Momentum Operator in Position and Momentum Basis||6.3-6.5|
|31 Tue||A Gaussian Wave Packet||6.6||Chapter 6,
|November||2 Thu||Properties of Solutions to the Schrodinger Equation in Position Space||6.8|
|7 Tue||The Particle in the Box and in the δ-function potential,
Inversion Symmetry and the Parity Operator
|6.9, 7.10||Chapter 6,
#5(a,b only), 6
|9 Thu||The One-Dimensional Harmonic Oscillator, Operator Methods||7.1-7.3|
|14 Tue||Position-Space Wave Functions, The Zero-Point Energy||7.4-7.5||Chapter 6,
|16 Thu||Review||Chapter 7,
|21 Tue||Quiz 3|
|28 Tue||Scattering in One Dimension||6.10|
|30 Thu||Scattering in One Dimension||6.10|
|December||5 Tue||Review||Chapter 6,