Quantum Mechanics II (PHYS*4040)
Code and section: PHYS*4040*01
Term: Winter 2015
Instructor: Liliana Caballero
Pre-requisites: Quantum Mechanics I- PHYS 3230
The course also relies on a working knowledge of classical mechanics, electromagnetism, and mathematics.
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Tuesday from 11:30 a.m to 1:30 a.m (or by appointment).
- David J. Griffiths, Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, Second edition, Pearson Prentice Hall 2005.
- C. Cohen-Tannoudji, B. Diu and F. Laloe, Quantum Mechanics, Wiley, 1977
The University of Guelph Library has a wonderful resource of e-books at Scholars Portal books. You can login in with your University credentials and have access to countless books with problems to practice. As an example, you will find:
Franz Schwabl, Quantum Mechanics, Springer, 2007.
Specific learning outcomes
After taking this course the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the postulates of quantum mechanics.
- Employ Dirac’s notation to describe and manipulate quantum states and operators.
- Demonstrate a practical knowledge of spin as a property of quantum-mechanical particles, and how it relates to total angular momentum.
- Solve quantitative problems involving spin interactions with an external magnetic field, and mutual spin interactions.
- Apply the laws of quantum mechanics to multi-particle systems, including bosonic and fermionic systems.
- Apply the theory of time-independent perturbations to find approximate solutions to quantitative problems in quantum mechanics.
- Demonstrate an understanding of how spin and relativistic effects create a fine structure in the degenerate energy levels of the hydrogen atom.
- Review of Quantum Mechanics I. Postulates of quantum mechanics. Harmonic Oscillator. Angular momentum. Hydrogen Atom.
- Spin. Discovery. Stern-Gerlach experiment. Quantum theory of angular momentum. Spin-1/2. Spin in a constant magnetic field. Two spins. Interacting spins.
- Multiple Particles. Schroedinger equation for many particles. Two particles. Distinguishable vs indistinguishable particles. Bosons and fermions.
- Time-Independent perturbation theory. Nondegenerate and degenerate perturbation theory. Applications.
- Fine and Hyperfine structure of Hydrogen Atom. Relativistic corrections to atomic Hamiltonian. Perturbation of the ground state. Fine structure of the first excited state.
- Scattering (If time allows). Partial-wave phase shifts.
There will be two midterms and one final exam. They will be closed-book exams.
We will also have weekly homework. The assignments should be returned a week after they are posted. Later assignments will not be accepted unless special arrangements are made ahead of time. A marker will be responsible for marking the homework assignments. Note that although you are permitted to discuss the homework problems with your classmates, you must to write up the solutions yourself. At this stage of your career you should develop your answers independently of anyone else. Copying will not be tolerated. The homework problems are exercises that give you practice, and keep you up-to-date with the course material. However, you need to work on more problems on your own in order to master the content of the course.
The final mark of the course will be the highest of the two marks calculated under the following two schemes. No other marking schemes will be considered.
|Scheme||Assignments||First Midterm||Second Midterm||Final Exam|
|A||10%||25 %||25 %||40 %|
- First midterm date and time: Thursday February 12th 2015 from 8:30 a.m to 9:50 a.m, in class
- Second midterm date and time: Thursday March 12th 2015 from 8:30 a.m to 9:50 a.m, in class
- Final exam date and time: Friday April 17th 2015 from 7:00 p.m to 9:00 p.m, place TBA.
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