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Quarter, 2014
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 Course Description
Physics 401, Quantum Mechanics is the first quarter of the twoquarter sequence of senior level quantum mechanics (QM), the foundation and explanatory framework of much of modern physics. We will cover the basic ideas of QM, solutions of Schrodinger's equation in 1dimension, and the formalism and postulates of QM. If there is time, we will also consider solutions in 3dimensions, in particular the hydrogen atom. (4 credits).
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 Reading Assignments
Quantum Mechanics is a challenging topic, because it combines advanced mathematics with counterintuitive ideas about how the universe works. Therefore, to fully understand the inclass lectures and activities, to do the homework successfully, and ultimately to do well on the exams, you must do the reading! If you come to class unprepared, and then try to do the reading just to do the homework problems, you will not succeed in this class. It is that simple. It is your responsibility to do the reading and make sure you understand it.
All reading should be done before the date indicated (i.e., before the class in which we will discuss the topic). All the reading assigments are from Griffiths. Though they may look short, they are dense! You will almost certainly want to reread the chapter when you go to work on the related homework assignment. This is difficult technical material, and you will need to read it more than once to fully understand it. Reading the same material multiple times is the norm in Physics!
Assn.# Due Date Reading Assignment (subject to change, especially later in the quarter)
1 
M, 9/29 
Chapter 1.11.4, Complex numbers and waves review 
2 
M, 10/6 
Chapter 1.51.6 
3 
M, 10/13 
Chapter 2.12.2 
4 
M, 10/20 
Chapter 2.3 
5 
M, 11/3 
Chapter 2.4 
6 
M, 11/10 
None 
7 
M, 11/17 
Chapter 2.52.6 
8 
F, 11/21 
Chapter 4.1 
9 
M, 12/1 
Chapter 4.2 
Homework assignments will be handed out in class the week before they are due. Assignments will be due at the beginning of the class period on the due date. Late homework will not be accepted!
Assn.# Due Date Homework Assignment
 Homework solutions (added after HW is due)
