Physics 325A General information
UNDER Construction Physics 325 Quantum Mechanics Winter 2014
Location: Physics/Astronomy A110
Time: MWF 10:30 a.m. MWF
Instructor: J. Rehr, Office: B413 Physics, Tel. 543-8593
Office Hr: Tues 2:30 - 3:30 or by appointment
T.A. Paul J Emigh T.A. Bridget Bertoni
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org E-mail: email@example.com
Office: PAB C241 Office: PAB B426
Office hr: Wed 12:30-1:20 Office hr: Thurs 3-4pm or by appt
PEG Coordinator: Gina Passante
Office: PAB C224
Text: Introduction to Quantum Mechanics 2nd Ed. by David J. Griffiths
Quantum Physics, 2nd Edition by Gasiorowicz
Quantum Mechanics by Cohen-Tennoudji, Diu and Laloe
Feynman Lectures on Physics by Feynman, Leighton and Sands, III
Course: Non-relativistic quantum mechanics. Physics 325 will focus
on appoximation methods in the solution of the Schrodinger equation
for various applications, i.e., Part II Applications in Griffiths.
Topics include atomic, molecular and condensed matter physics,
perturbation theory, the variational principle, WKB, and advanced
topics: scattering theory, Berry phase and Bell's theorem.
This course stresses both conceptual and analytical understanding.
Exams: There will be two mid-term exams and one two-hour final. All
exams are closed book; however, one sheet of equations is permitted
for the hour exam and two sheets are allowed for the final. If
you are now doing independent study a term paper may be substituted
instead of the final with the consent of the instructor.
Homework: Quantum Mechanics cannot be mastered without doing a lot
of scratch work and exercises. Consequently homework is mandatory.
Homework problems will be assigned each Friday and collected the
following Friday. Only selected problems will be graded and the
lowest homework score will be dropped. Late papers will not be
accepted after the TA picks up the papers. You are encouraged to
collaborate with other students, but you MUST write your own solutions.
Grade: Midterms 100pts, Final 150 pts, Homework 100 pts; the lowest
midterm, HW or 2/3 of the final will be dropped. Max 350 points.
Occasional quizzes are "no-fault" and will be graded in class.