The 80 minute sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays will
be used for lectures---sometimes included (ungraded) pretests to
give me an idea of your background knowledge.
The 50 minute sessions on Fridays will be a mix
of lecture, homework Q&A sessions, discussion of
past HWs, and review for midterm and final exams.
An approximate syllabus is as follows:
We will not cover all the material from GY on each topic, but rather
aim to understand the essentials and some applications.
Identical particles and the Helium atom (Gottfried and Yan [GY] Ch.6
and Sakurai [Sak.] Ch. 6)
Scattering: elastic (GY Ch.8, Sak. Ch 7) and a little inelastic (GY Ch.9)
Quantization of the EM field and radiative transitions (GY Ch.10)
Second quantization (GY Ch. 11)
Dirac equation and some applications (GY Ch. 12)
I will keep a log of what has been covered on the
daily coverage page,
which will also indicate any material not covered in lecture that
you should read about.
Last year's daily coverage page is