PHYSICS 517       Quantum Mechanics   2003

LECTURE SCHEDULE

Reading in:     Modern Quantum Mechanics   by J. J. Sakurai

 

[ Note: This schedule may change as the quarter develops ]


Week  Lect  Date  Topics  Reading+Homework
1-3  Sept. 29-Oct.-3
  • Introduction 
  • Two-Slits Experiment
  • Stern-Gurlach Experiment
  • Read : 1.1
    HMWK 1 : distributed Wednesday
    Solutions 1
    4-6  Oct. 6-10
  • Linear Vector Spaces
  • kets, bras, operators
  • Projectors
  • Read : 1.2 , 1.3

    HMWK 2 : distributed  
    Monday
    Solutions 2

    HMWK 1 : Collected Wednesday
    7-9  Oct. 13-17
  • Matrix Representations
  • Measurements
  • (In)Compatible Observables
  • Uncertainty Principle
  • Read : 1.3 , 1.4

    HMWK 3 : distributed  
    Monday
    Solutions 3

    HMWK 2 : Collected Monday 
    10-12  Oct. 20-24
  • Change of Basis
  • Continuous Spectra
  • Position Eigenkets
  • Translation Operator
  • Momentum
  • Position-Momentum Uncertainty
  • Read : 1.5 , 1.6

    HMWK 4 : distributed Monday
    Solutions 4

    HMWK 3 : Collected Monday 
    13-15 Oct. 27-Oct. 31
  • Wavefunctions
  • Gaussian Wavepackets
  • Commutation Relations
  • Mixed States and Density Matrices
  • Read : 1.7 , 3.4 , 2.1 , 2.2

    HMWK 5 : distributed Monday
    Solutions 5

    HMWK 4 : Collected Monday 
    16-18 Nov. 3-7

  • Density Matrices
  • Time Evolution
  • Spin 1/2 system in a B-field
  • Read : 2.1 , 2.2

    HMWK 6 : distributed Monday
    Solutions 6

    HMWK 5 : Collected Monday 
    19-20 Nov. 10-14
    Tues Nov 11 = holiday
    Wed Nov12 =Midterm 
  • Schrodinger verses Heisnberg pictures
  • Time-dep of operators and matrix elements
  • Ehrenfests theorem
  • 1-dim wave mechanics
  • Read : 2.4

    HMWK 6 : Collected Monday 
    21-23 Nov. 17-21
  • 1-dim Wave Mechanics
  • Step Potentials
  • Leading Order WKB
  • S-Matrix
  • HMWK 7 : distributed Monday
    Solutions 7 
    24-25 Nov. 24-28
    Thurs, Fri (Nov 27, 28) = holidays
  • Infinite Square Wells
  • Finite Square Wells
  • HMWK 8 : distributed Monday
    Solutions 8 
    10 26-28 Dec. 1-5
  • 1-dim Harmonic Oscillator
  • Annihilation and Creation Operators
  • Analytic Structure of Scattering Amplitude
  •  HMWK 9 : distributed Monday
    Solutions 9 

      11
     29-30 Dec. 8-10
  • Time-Delays and Phase-Shifts
  • Higher order WKB
  •  
    12 
     
    Finals Week : Dec. 11-18
    Final Exam
    8:30-10:20 a.m  Friday, Dec. 12
       

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