PHYSICS 385-3 Quantum Mechanics I by icw16846

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									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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