Quantum Mechanics I
TEXTBOOK: “Quantum Physics”, 3rd edition
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.
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
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.