PHY 212: Applications of Quantum Mechanics
This is the second of a two course sequence designed for senior
undergraduate and beginning graduate students whose aim is to develop
a strong foundation in the formalism and application of quantum
Prerequisites: Phy 211 or successful performance on a
exam; Mth 104, Mth 111, Phy 142L or equivalent.
Instructor: Roxanne Springer
- Office: Room 252, Physics and Mathematics
- Phone: 660-2676
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hours: Mondays 5-6pm or by appointment
Teaching Assistant: Dong Liu
- Office: Room 294, Physics and Mathematics Building
- Phone: 668-3547
- Email: email@example.com
- Office Hours: Tuesdays 4-5pm
Texts: Cohen-Tannoudji, Quantum Mechanics Volume II
and R. Shankar, Principles of Quantum Mechanics
There are many good texts on Quantum Mechanics. If you are seeing this
material for the first time, it may be confusing at times, especially
when attempting to do the problem sets. When stuck it is very useful
to consult other books. The following books are recommended and have
been placed on reserve at Perkins Library:
- D.J. Griffiths, Introduction to Quantum Mechanics.
- Cohen-Tannoudji, Diu and Laloe Quantum Mechanics, Vol I.
- R. L. Liboff, Introductory Quantum Mechanics.
- J. J. Sakurai, Modern Quantum Mechanics.
Grades: Grades will be assigned according to the following
- Problem Sets: 40%
- Two Midterms: 15% each
- Final exam: 30%
- A link to the problem sets is at the bottom of this webpage.
- Late problem set penalties. Without a permissable excuse: 20% off if not turned in by 5pm on due date; 40% off if not turned in by 5pm the day after the due date; no credit after 5pm on second day after due date.
- You are encouraged to discuss the lectures and homework
fellow students so that you can learn the subject from each other.
the written part of the homework assignments must be done individually.
Further, you may not access problem sets or exams from previous years.
- Course webpage as well as email will be used to disseminate
on problem set corrections,
class schedule emergencies, etc.
- All exams will be closed book. Formulae needed for the exams will
either be provided
or are expected to be known by the student.
Here is a list of topics we expect to cover. This list is not
necessarily complete and topics may be added or deleted, depending on
time and the interests of the students.
- The real hydrogen atom - intro to perturbation theory
- Multiparticle systems
- Addition of angular momentum
- WKB and path integrals
- Time independent perturbation theory
- Time dependent perturbation theory
Exam 1: Thursday 18 February 2010
Exam 2: Tuesday 30 March 2010
Final: Friday 7 May 2010, 2-5pm
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