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PHY308 Quantum Physics [PHY578 Quantum Physics for Teachers] Spring 2016

Mon, Wed, Frid 10:00 - 10:53AM  Javits Lecture Hall 101
Instructor:  Tzu-Chieh Wei  <tzu-chieh.wei[at]stonybrook[dot]edu>
Office hour: 5-6pm Wednesday, 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. In addition to the mathematical skill, an important focus will be to develop students' intution about the behavior of quantum mechanical particles.

Textbook :
Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (2nd Edition) by David J. Griffiths [required]
(see the University Bookstore, Amazon or other stores)
1. Quantum Mechanics: The Theoretical Minimum by Leonard Susskind and Art Friedman [optional]
2. The Feynman Lectures on Physics, Vol. 3 [optional] (which can be read online here)

Grades: (tentative)
Homework 30%
Quizzes & In-class Exams 30%
Final Exam (2.5hr) 40%

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

I will be trying new things this semester. In addition to the standard syllabus such as that by Griffiths (which I followed last year), I will also discuss materials in Susskind's books/lectures. Susskind's materials are very useful in helping you build a solid conceptual foundation of quantum mechanics, and he uses a minimum of mathematics to achieve that.  (Of course, the materials contained in Griffiths use more mathematics but are the standard curriculum that a physics major needs to understand.)

So the syllabus in the following will be evolving as classes move on.

Overview and the Wave Function:
(week 1) [1/25,1/27,1/29] 
(week 2) [2/1,2/3,2/5]

Time Independent Schroedinger Equation:
(week 3) [2/8,2/10,2/12]
(week 4) [2/15,2/17,2/19]
(week 5) [2/22,2/24,2/26]

(week 6) [2/29, 3/2, 3/4] In-class Exam I: 3/4 
(week 7) [3/7, 3/9, 3/11]
(week 8) Spring recess

Quantum Mechanics in Two and Three Dimensions:
(week 9) [3/21,3/23,3/25] 
(week 10) [3/28,3/30,4/2]
(week 11) [4/4,4/6,4/8] 
(week 12) [4/11,4/13,4/15] In-class Exam II: 4/13

Identical Particles:
(week 13) [4/18,4/20,4/22] 
(week 14) [4/25,4/27,4/29]

Additional Topics:
(week 15) [5/2,5/4,5/6]

Final exam:  8-10:45am Monday May 16 (2.5hrs plus 15min adminstration); see Registrar

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Announcement, Update and Additional Information

Recommended YouTube videos by Leonard Susskind:
1. MATH YOU NEED FOR QUANTUM MECHANICS ( part 1 ) - Leonard Susskind
2. MATH YOU NEED FOR QUANTUM MECHANICS ( part 2 ) - Leonard Susskind

Susskind's lecture series on Modern Physics: Quantum Mechanics
 Lecture 1, Lecture 2, Lecture 3, Lecture 4, Lecture 5, Lecture 6, Lecture 7, Lecture 8, Lecture 9, Lecture 10

(See Blackboard.stonybrook.edu for further announcement)
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