Quantum Mechanics I (PHYS*3230)

Code and section: PHYS*3230*01

Term: Fall 2016

Instructor: Vladimir Ladizhansky


Course Information

Instructor Information

Lecturer Office Extension Email
Vlad Ladizhansky Summerlee Science Complex 1251 53989 vladizha@uoguelph.ca

Office Hours

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


Day Time Location
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 2:30 p.m. to 3:20 p.m. GRHM, Room 2310


Day Time Location
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

Course Texts

  • 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.

Assessment Weight
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.
Final Exam 36%

Course Topics

  1. Review of mathematical tools required for the course. Wave function, Schrodinger equation. Statistical interpretation of the wave function.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. One-dimensional quantum mechanics, continued: Kronig-Penney potential and energy band structure of solids. The harmonic oscillator. Ladder operators. Coherent states.
  5. 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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