PHY308 Quantum Physics [PHY578 Quantum Physics for Teachers] Spring 2015

Mon, Wed, Frid 10:00 - 10:53AM  Harriman Hall 116
Instructor:  Tzu-Chieh Wei  <tzu-chieh.wei[at]stonybrook[dot]edu>
Office hour: 5-6pm Wed, Math Building 6-101

TA:  Jae-Hyeok (Jeremy) Chang <jaehyeok.chang[at]stonybrook[dot]edu>
Office hour: 4-5pm Thursday, Physics Building B-119

Course description:
The concepts, historical development, and mathematical methods of quantum mechanics. Topics include Schroedinger's equation in time-dependent and time-independent forms; one- and three-dimensional solutions, including the treatment of angular momentum and spin. Applications to simple systems, especially the hydrogen atom, are stressed.

Prerequisite: PHY 300 (Waves and Optics), 301 (Electromagnetic Theory I), and 303 (Mechanics) [also assume you have taken PHY 251 (Modern Physics)]

Learning outcomes:
Students who complete this course will be able to solve Schroedinger’s equation for simple systems in one, two and three dimensions, including angular momentum and spin, especially the hydrogen atom.

Textbook :
Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (2nd Edition) by David J. Griffiths [required]
(see the University Bookstore, Amazon or other stores)
References
The Feynman Lectures on Physics, Vol. 3 [optional]

Homework 30%
Midterms 30%
Final 40%

Topics to be covered and tentative syllabus
(This is a tentative syllabus. Exam dates and due dates may change. Check later for update.)

The Wave Function:
(week 1) [1/26,1/28,1/30]
(week 2) [2/2,2/4,2/6]

Time Independent Schroedinger Equation:
(week 3) [2/9,2/11,2/13]
(week 4) [2/16,2/18,2/20]
(week 5) [2/23,2/25,2/27]

Formalism:
(week 6) [3/2, 3/4, 3/6] Midterm I (in class): 3/2
(week 7) [3/9, 3/11, 3/13]
(week 8) Spring recess

Quantum Mechanics in Two and Three Dimensions:
(week 9) [3/23,3/25,3/27]
(week 10) [3/30,4/1,4/3]
(week 11) [4/6,4/8,4/10]
(week 12) [4/13,4/15,4/17] Midterm II (in class): 4/13

Identical Particles:
(week 13) [4/20,4/22,4/24]
(week 14) [4/27,4/29,5/1]

(week 15) [5/4,5/6,5/8]

Final exam: 8am-10:45am (2.5hrs plus 15min adminstration) May 18th; see Registrar

(See Blackboard.stonybrook.edu)

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