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Syllabus for PHYS 360 – Quantum Mechanics Spring 2011 Professor S. Durbin Lectures : MWF 1:30-2:20, Rm 333 PHYS Bldg Text : Griffith’s “Introduction to Quantum Mechanics,” 2 nd edition Website : www.physics.purdue.edu/academic_programs/courses/phys360/ Office Hours : Friday 2:30-3:30, or by appointment (or drop-in) Grades : Homework 150 points (ten assignments) Midterm #1 100 pts Midterm #2 100 pts Final Exam 200 pts Lecture Questions 40 pts Total 590 pts Lecture Questions will be distributed at most lectures; full credit will be given for attempting the questions. Topics : The first five chapters of the textbook will be covered, following the schedule
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Unformatted text preview: below. This provides a thorough introduction to the foundations of quantum mechanics: wave functions, the time-dependent Schrödinger equation, one-dimensional potentials, the harmonic oscillator, Hilbert-space formalism, 3-dimensional potentials, the hydrogen atom, angular momentum, spin, atoms & the periodic table, etc. Entangled states will be noted, plus the statistical interpretation of quantum mechanics, and the conflicts between realist, orthodox, and agnostic positions with regard to the nature of physical “reality.”...
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