Quantum Mechanics I (PHYS*3230)
Code and section: PHYS*3230*01
Term: Fall 2010
Instructor: Don Sullivan
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- D.J. Griffiths, Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (2nd ed.)
- Background: problems with classical physics. Introduction to quantum waves, de Broglie relation. Wave function and Schrödinger equation. Statistical interpretation of the wave function.
- 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.
- Mathematical formalism of quantum mechanics. Observables and Hermitian operators. Eigenvalue-eigenfunction problems. Uncertainty principle. Dirac notation. Operator treatment of the harmonic oscillator.
- Three-dimensional quantum mechanics. Coulomb potential and the hydrogen atom. Angular momentum. Spin.
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