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Quantum Mechanics II
Physics 732-Spring 2013

MWF 8:50 AM
2223 Chamberlin Hall

Prof. Lisa Everett
5215 CH, 2-4699

  Physics 731.  Please see Prof. Everett if you wish to take Physics 732 and have not taken 731.

Lectures: 8:50-9:40 AM MWF

Location:  2223 Chamberlin Hall

Office Hours: By appointment (ask before/after class or send email).  

Lecture Notes (Link)

Homework Assignments (Link)

Problem sets will be due approximately 1 week after they are assigned.  Further details will be provided at the homework link given above.

Exams: There will be three in-class (50 minute) midterm exams, and one 2-hour cumulative final exam.   All exams will be closed notes, closed book.   The exam dates are

  • Midterm 1: 2/8/13, 8:50 -- 9:40 AM.  
  • Midterm 2: 3/15/13, 8:50 -- 9:40 AM.  
  • Midterm 3:  4/19/13, 8:50 -- 9:40 AM.
  • Final Exam:  5/13/13, 12:25-2:25 PM,  in 1313 Sterling Hall.  There will be 4 problems on the exam.  As previously stated, one problem will be on the topic of identical fermions.  The other three problems will be selected from all material this semester covered in the lecture notes and on the homework with the exception of time reversal symmetry. 

Be sure to inform Prof. Everett well in advance if you have any conflicts with the scheduled exam dates. 

For all exams, you will be given a Clebsch-Gordan Table (Link).

Grading Policy: The final grades will be determined as follows: 25% homework, 45% midterms (15% each), and 30% final.

Other Rules for Class:

  • Show up
  • Pay attention
  • Work hard

If you need to miss class because of religious or personal reasons, please let Prof. Everett know ahead of time, unless an emergency makes that impossible.  

Text: The main texts are 

  • J. J. Sakurai,  Modern Quantum Mechanics, Revised Ed., Addison-Wesley Press (1994).  Note: there is a new (2nd) edition with co-author J. Napolitano.  These will be labeled as S1r and S2, in what should be self-explanatory notation.  Feel free to use either edition. The bookstore should have the Revised Ed. in stock.
  • R. Shankar, Principles of Quantum Mechanics, 2nd Ed., Springer (1994).  This text is not required, but is highly recommended. 

Material Covered: We will cover the remainder of Sakurai, which includes symmetries, approximation methods, identical particles, and scattering.  Depending on time remaining,we will cover atomic physics topics in greater depth, and provide an introduction to relativistic quantum mechanics.

Supplemental Texts:

 Particularly recommended (but not required) texts are 

  • L. D. Landau and E. M. Lifschitz, Quantum Mechanics, Pergamon Press (1959).
  • K. Gottfried, Quantum Mechanics, Vol 1: Fundamentals,  Benjamin (1966).
  • E. Merzbacher, Quantum Mechanics, 3rd Ed., Wiley (1997).
  • L. Schiff, Quantum Mechanics, McGraw-Hill (1968).

  An incomplete list of other useful texts is

  • G. Baym, Lectures on Quantum Mechanics, Westview Press (1974).
  • C. Cohen-Tannoudji et al., Quantum Mechanics, Wiley (2006).
  • R. Feynman and A.R. Hibbs, Quantum Mechanics and Path Integrals, McGraw-Hill (1965).
  • A. Messiah, Quantum Mechanics, Dover (1999).

 More mathematical references that are useful include

  • F. Byron and R. Fuller, Mathematics of Classical and Quantum Physics,  Dover (1992).  First published in two volumes by Addison-Wesley in 1969.
  • P. Dennery and A. Krzywicki, Mathematics for Physicists,  Dover (1996).  First published by Harper & Row in 1967.
  • P. Morse and H. Feshbach, Methods of Theoretical Physics, McGraw-Hill (1953).  Now published by Feshbach publishing.



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