531 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
This course provides formal introduction to quantum mechanics at undergraduate level.
- Historical Background
- Experimental Basis
- Schrodinger Equation
- Application of Wave Mechanics
- Bound-state problems
- Hydrogen atom
- Angular momentum
- Quantum statistics
- Perturbation theory and applications
PrerequisitesPhysics 311 and 322, and a course in modern physics, or equivalent, or consent of instructor. The course is not open to those who have had Physics 448.
- The course takes off from where classical principles fail and mysteries of quantum physics set in.
- The Schrodinger Wave Equation is introduced and one-dimensional model problems with potential barriers and the harmonic oscillator are solved.
- The bra-ket notation and operator formalism is introduced.
- Bound state problems in three dimensions: Hydrogen atom, Higher Z atoms, Molecules, Nuclei, Hadrons
- Orbital and spin angular momentum and quantum statistics is explored
- Perturbation theory and applications to bound states, scattering, and radiation problems are also studied.
Typical TextsS. Gasiorowicz, Quantum Physics, 2nd Edition.