Fall, 2011


07-Jan-2012: Schedule for the remainder of the term:

Tuesday, January 10, 2-4pm, Ed Groth office hours, 264 Jadwin.

Thursday, January 12, 5pm, Homework 12 due in Bo Yang's mailbox.

Monday, January 16, noon, Graded homework 12 and hardcopy solutions available on shelf outside 264 Jadwin. Solutions may not be available on line until later.

Tuesday, January 17, 2-4pm, Bo Yang office hours, 427 Jadwin.

Wednesday, January 18, 1:30-4:30pm, Final, A06 Jadwin. Administered by Jessica Heslin (210 Jadwin) with Bo Yang available to clarify any unclear parts of the exam. The final is closed everything, no cell phones, no lap tops, no notes, no books, no ipads, no ipods, etc. All you need to bring is pencils.

TBD but certainly by January 27, Exams graded.

05-Jan-2012: Last year's final and solutions.

13-Dec-2011: Final exam: Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 1:30-4:30 pm, Jadwin A06, closed everything.

20-Oct-2011: Last year's midterm and solutions.

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: Bo Yang, Jadwin 427,

Office Hours: Tuesday afternoons, 2:00-4:00 pm.

Course Manager: Jessica Heslin, Jadwin 210, x8-4403,

Lectures: Tuesday and Thursday, 11:00 am - 12:20 pm, Jadwin A06.

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 Bo Yang'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 27 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 12-Sep-2011 Introduction. Why Quantum Mechanics?
No homework assigned this week.
1 19-Sep-2011 Structure of QM. Begin Harmonic Oscillator.
Due: 29-Sep-2011 Homework 1 Solutions
2 26-Sep-2011 Harmonic Oscillator. 1D Potentials.
Due: 6-Oct-2011 Homework 2 Solutions
3 3-Oct-2011 More 1D Potentials. Wave Packets.
Due: 13-Oct-2011 Homework 3 Solutions
4 10-Oct-2011 Resonant Scattering. Uncertainty Relations. Angular Momentum.
Due: 20-Oct-2011 Homework 4 Solutions
5 17-Oct-2011 More Angular Momentum. Hamiltonian with E and B. Motion in E&M Fields.
Due: 25-Oct-2011 Homework 5 Solutions
6 24-Oct-2011 Central Potentials. Centrifugal Potential. In Class Midterm Thursday
Solutions and distribution
Due: 10-Nov-2011 Homework 6 Solutions
  31-Oct-2011 Midterm Break
7 7-Nov-2011 H atom. Free Particle in Spherical Coordinates. Representations and Transformations.
Due: 17-Nov-2011 Homework 7 Solutions
8 14-Nov-2011 Spin. Addition of Angular Momenta. Time Independent Perturbation Theory.
Due: 22-Nov-2011 Homework 8 Solutions
9 21-Nov-2011 Degenerate Perturbation Theory. Fine Structure.
Due: 1-Dec-2011 Homework 9 Solutions
10 28-Nov-2011 Identical Particles. Atoms more complicated than H.
Due: 8-Dec-2011 Homework 10 Solutions
11 5-Dec-2011 Time Dependent Perturbation Theory.
Due: 15-Dec-2011 Homework 11 Solutions
12 12-Dec-2011 Scattering.
Due: 12-Jan-2012 Homework 12 Solutions
  18-28-Jan-2012 Exam Period, Final Exam, January 18, 2012, 1:30-4:30 pm, Jadwin A06
    Final, solutions, and distribution.

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