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Transcript
Course Information
Physics 411: Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
Fall Semester 2010
Meeting Time:
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:10 am – 12:25 pm
Location:
Neilsen 306
Instructor:
Dr. Geoffrey Greene
515 Nielsen
[email protected]
Office Hours:
Tuesday & Thursday 10:00am - 11:00 or by appointment
Textbook:
“Introduction to Quantum Mechanics,” D.J. Griffiths
Prerequisites:
PHY 240 and MATH 435
Note about prerequisite –
Physics 411 requires a rather high degree of mathematical
sophistication. A familiarity with linear algebra and
differential equations is essential for success in this course.
Physics 411 is the first semester of a two semester sequence (with 412) and is mandatory
for all physics majors pursuing the Academic Physics Concentration. 411 will deal with
the foundations of quantum mechanics and the development of formalism and techniques.
The topics of Physics 411 will roughly cover chapters 1-4 of Griffith and will follow the
text quite closely. Specific Topics will include:
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The wave function and the uncertainty principle
The time independent Schrödinger Equation
Examples in one dimension:
o Square well
o Harmonic oscillator
o Bound and scattering states
Introduction to linear algebra, Hilbert Space
Schrödinger Equation in 3-Dimensions
Angular Momentum
The Hydrogen Atom
The solving of problems is an integral and essential part of this course.
Recommended Additional Reading (particularly chapter 1):
“Introduction to Quantum Mechanics” B.H.Bransden and C.J.Jaochain