Fall, 2010


January 5, 2011 Last year's final and solutions (posted January 10).

December 22, 2010 Office hours during reading period:
 Wednesday, January 5, 2011
 Tuesday, January 11, 2011
 Wednesday, January 12, 2011

October 19, 2010 The homework 11 due date is moved to December 15 from December 16.

October 6, 2010 Physics 505 classes will now be held in Lewis Library 122. This starts with the class on October 7, 2010.

October 1, 2010 The Physics AI assignments have been shuffled and we have a new assistant (and also new office hours, see below).

Course Instructor: Ed Groth, Jadwin 264, x8-4361,

Office Hours: Most afternoons - give a call before walking across campus! Almost surely Wednesday afternoons, 2:00-4:00 pm.

Teaching Assistant: Jaroslav Trnka, Jadwin 355, 609-865-6198,

Office Hours: Tuesday 5:30-7:00 pm in the Graduate Student Lounge, 418B.

Course Manager: Kimberley Fawkes, Jadwin 210, x8-4403,

Lectures: Tuesday and Thursday, 11:00 am - 12:20 pm, Lewis Library 122.

Text: I will be drawing material for the lectures from a number of texts including F. Schwabl, Quantum Mechanics, Springer and P. J. E. Peebles, Quantum Mechanics, Princeton University Press. You're encouraged to get a copy of Schwabl as when I run out of time, I will point at the appropriate section of Schwabl for reading.

Homework: 25% of grade. Assigned weekly via the course web site (this page!) no later than Thursday. It is due in Sasha Zhiboedov's Jadwin lobby mailbox no later than 5pm the next Thursday.

Exceptions: homework 5 is due the Tuesday before the midterm exam, homework 8 is due the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, and homework 12 is due during reading period.

You really must work through the problems before you see the solutions to have any hope of doing well on the exams! Also, you need to keep up, it doesn't work to save up the homework assignments for several weeks! (Besides the fact that you won't get any credit, you won't get any understanding!) If you don't understand a solution or have a different solution that you want to discuss, come to office hours.

Midterm: October 28 in class, 25% of grade.

Final: TBD during final exam period, 50% of grade.


The homework assignments and solutions will be available for downloading. They will be pdf documents.


Week Starting Date Tentative Topics
Homework Assignments and Solutions
0 13-Sep-2010 Introduction. Why Quantum Mechanics?
No homework assigned this week.
1 20-Sep-2010 Structure of QM. Begin Harmonic Oscillator.
Due: 30-Sep-2010 Homework 1 Solutions
2 27-Sep-2010 Harmonic Oscillator. 1D Potentials.
Due: 7-Oct-2010 Homework 2 Solutions
3 4-Oct-2010 More 1D Potentials. Wave Packets.
Due: 14-Oct-2010 Homework 3 Solutions
4 11-Oct-2010 Resonant Scattering. Uncertainty Relations. Angular Momentum.
Due: 21-Oct-2010 Homework 4 Solutions
5 18-Oct-2010 More Angular Momentum. Hamiltonian with E and B. Motion in E&M Fields.
Due: 26-Oct-2010 Homework 5 Solutions
6 25-Oct-2010 Central Potentials. Centrifugal Potential. In Class Midterm Thursday
Solutions and distribution.
Due: 11-Nov-2010 Homework 6 Solutions
  1-Nov-2010 Midterm Break
7 8-Nov-2010 H atom. Free Particle in Spherical Coordinates. Representations and Transformations.
Due: 18-Nov-2010 Homework 7 Solutions
8 15-Nov-2010 Spin. Addition of Angular Momenta. Time Independent Perturbation Theory.
Due: 23-Nov-2010 Homework 8 Solutions
9 22-Nov-2010 Degenerate Perturbation Theory. Fine Structure.
Due: 2-Dec-2010 Homework 9 Solutions
10 29-Nov-2010 Identical Particles. Atoms more complicated than H.
Due: 9-Dec-2010 Homework 10 Solutions
11 6-Dec-2010 Time Dependent Perturbation Theory.
Due: 15-Dec-2010 Homework 11 Solutions
12 13-Dec-2010 Scattering.
Due: 06-Jan-2011 Homework 12 Solutions
  14-Jan-2011 Exam Period, Final Exam 9am-Noon, Friday, January 14, 2011, 122 Lewis Library.
    Final, Solutions and distribution.

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