Fall 2009 PHYSICS 385-3 Quantum Mechanics I TEXTBOOK: “Quantum Physics”, 3rd edition Author: Gasiorowicz Publisher: Wiley COURSE DESCRIPTION: Wave mechanics and the Schrödinger equation, the harmonic oscillator, introduction to Dirac notation, angular momentum and spin, the hydrogen atom, atomic structure, time-independent pertubation theory, atomic spectra, and applications. Prerequisites: MATH 252 or 254; PHYS 285 or ENSC 380 or CHEM 260. Corequisite: PHYS 211; MATH 310. Quantitative. COURSE OUTLINE: Topics 1: Wave packets, uncertainty, and Fourier analysis 2: Schrödinger equation and the meaning of the wave function 3: Eigenfunctions, eigenvalues, and their role in quantum mechanics 4: One-dimensional problems: particle-in-a-box, potential steps, tunneling 5: The harmonic oscillator 6: The mathematical structure of quantum mechanics, linear operators 7: Angular momentum operators 8: Schrödinger’s equation in three dimensions 9: Central potentials and the hydrogen atom 10: Spin and identical particles, the structure of atoms COURSE GRADING: TBA GENERAL: Students who cannot write their exam during the course’s scheduled exam time must request accommodation from their instructor in writing, clearly stating the reason for this request, before the end of the first week of classes.
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