Quantum Mechanics I (PHYS*3230)
Code and section: PHYS*3230*01
Term: Fall 2016
Instructor: Vladimir Ladizhansky
|Vlad Ladizhansky||Summerlee Science Complex firstname.lastname@example.org|
Tue. 8:30 am - 10:00 am. However, don't be afraid to stop by my office and ask questions. It’s okay not to know.
Lectures and Tutorials
|Monday, Wednesday, Friday||2:30 p.m. to 3:20 p.m.||GRHM, Room 2310|
|Mondays||4:30 p.m. to 5:20 p.m.||GRHM, Room 2310|
Final Exam: December 8, 2016, 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., Room TBA
- Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, by D.J. Griffiths (Prentice Hall, 2nd edition, 2005);
- Essential Mathematical Methods for Physicists, by H.J. Weber and G.B. Arfken (Elsevier Academic Press, 2004)
Note: You are required to attend lectures.
Late submissions will be accepted if submitted within 1 day. Grade will be reduced by 20%
|Midterm 1, Date: October 21, 2:30-3:20 (in class)||18%|
|Midterm 2, Date: TBA||18%|
Four best quizzes (out of five) will be used to compute the grade.
- Review of mathematical tools required for the course. Wave function, Schrodinger equation. Statistical interpretation of the wave function.
- One-dimensional quantum mechanics: Free particle and a wave packet, Finite and infinite potential wells, bound states and quantization; scattering states; Potential barrier tunneling, reflection and transmission; delta-potential.
- Mathematical formalism of Quantum Mechanics, Observables and Hermitian operators; eigenvalue- eigenfunction problem. Operators of position and momentum, and the uncertainty principle. Momentum representation. Dirac notations.
- One-dimensional quantum mechanics, continued: Kronig-Penney potential and energy band structure of solids. The harmonic oscillator. Ladder operators. Coherent states.
- Three-dimensional quantum mechanics: Coulomb potential and hydrogen atom; Angular momentum. If time allows: Symmetries and Conservation Laws in QM. Spin, identical particles. Exchange Interactions.
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