Quantum Mechanics I (PHYS*3230)

Code and section: PHYS*3230*01

Term: Fall 2010

Instructor: Don Sullivan


Course Information


Lecturer Office Phone Email
D.E. Sullivan MacN 435A 519-824-4120 x53983 sullivan@uoguelph.ca

Course Materials


  • D.J. Griffiths, Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (2nd ed.)


Assessment Weight
Assignments 35%
Midterm Exam 20%
Quizzes 15%
Final Exam 30%

Course Topics

  1. Background: problems with classical physics. Introduction to quantum waves, de Broglie relation. Wave function and Schrödinger equation. Statistical interpretation of the wave function.
  2. Operators and expectation values. Solutions of the Schrödinger equation for onedimensional systems: free particles and wave packets; finite and infinite potential wells; bound states and quantization; scattering states; potential barrier, reflection and transmission, tunneling; harmonic oscillator.
  3. Mathematical formalism of quantum mechanics. Observables and Hermitian operators. Eigenvalue-eigenfunction problems. Uncertainty principle. Dirac notation. Operator treatment of the harmonic oscillator.
  4. Three-dimensional quantum mechanics. Coulomb potential and the hydrogen atom. Angular momentum. Spin.

Course Policies

Medical Certificate

Not generally required. However, if you miss an exam (midterm or final), you should see your College Counsellor and get a note from him/her.

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